LAHORE: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar took notice of an attack by lawyers on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) in Lahore
“Four patients have lost their lives due to this violent attack of lawyers at this premier heart hospital of Lahore,” said Chairman Grand Health Alliance Dr. Salman Haseeb.
Agreeing with him, Assistant Professor Dr. Asif Raza Zaidi told Surkhiyan that even enemies don’t attack hospitals anywhere across the globe and it only happens in Pakistan.
“All B.A pass illiterate black coats should be penalized and their licenses should be cancelled immediately,” he demanded in an angry tone.
According to Dawn, The lawyers were protesting against a video that went viral on social media yesterday, in which a doctor is seen narrating an encounter with some lawyers in front of a group. According to the doctor in the video, a group of lawyers had gone to the inspector general and told him to charge “two doctors” under Section 7 of ATA. He narrated that the IG had refused while the lawyers had urged him to press charges, saying “they could save face” that way.
On Wednesday, large of lawyers gathered in front of PIC to record peaceful protest against the “viral video” but the protest turned violent soon as the lawyers initially closed off entry and exit points to the hospital.
One of the eyewitnesses told Surkhiyan that the lawyers damaged the equipment and window of PIC’s emergency.
“They damaged the cars parked outside the emergency without confirming whether they were owned by patients or the doctors,” he added.
The doctors, nurses and other staff at PIC had to run to save their lives, another eyewitness added.
Patients, some in ambulances, were unable to reach the hospital while those receiving treatment were left unattended due to the chaos, Dawn reported.
According to media reports, Information Minister Punjab, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, had reportedly said, “Lawyers had tried to kidnap him”. In a video, he can be seen being manhandled by a group of angry lawyers.
According to Dawn and Geo News, the chief minister ordered an investigation into the attack and summoned a report from the Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) and provincial secretary of specialised health and medical education. The premier summoned a report from the provincial chief secretary and inspector general.
According to Dawn, Police had to use tear gas and baton charge in an attempt to disperse the lawyers, who were gathered at the hospital in a large number. The president and secretary of the Lahore High Court Bar Association were also present at PIC and were trying to disperse the angry lawyers from the hospital.