At least 12 medical students were injured on Sunday while protesting against the National Licencing Examination (NLE) after police resorted to baton charge and pepper spray outside an examination centre in Garden Town, Lahore.
According to media reports, it was the second day of the protest against Pakistan Medical Commission’s (PMC) decision which made it compulsory for all medical graduates to clear the NLE for their permanent registration.
The reports said that the situation had become intensifying when the protesters tried to enter the examination centre as a result of which as clashes broke out.
Responding to the police action, rights activists and medical fraternity launched a hashtag campaign (#ChemicalSprayOnDoctors) on social media. They heavily criticised the use of chemicals and diluted sulfuric acid to disperse the protestors.
Later, the Doctors Wake-Up Movement–a platform for Doctors’ rights–announced a series of protests in different cities: Karachi, Peshawar, Faisalabad and Islamabad.
Meanwhile, the videos and images of injured medics being treated in hospitals were shared widely on Sunday.
Condemnation of police action, use of pepper spray
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamat-e-Islami, political and human rights activists have condemned the police action against the protestors.