KARACHI: A group of lawyers has threatened doctors in Karachi of similar treatment as was given by members of their fraternity to the medical practitioners in Lahore.
In the video a lawyer of Karachi Bar Council can be seen glorifying the attack on the cardio hospital in Lahore. In the same breath, he said that no hospital would be spared whether public or private.
Another lawyer interrupted threatening that if doctors and police took any action against them then they would thrash them badly. One other lawyer welcomed the act of vandalizing of medical facility in Punjab.
The first lawyer said they would not spare doctors anywhere in the country and if they wanted protection, they should seek apology from them. “Whether you are a doctor at Jinnah hospital or any other hospital in Karachi.”
On Dec 12, Minister for Interior Ijaz Shah had said a strict punitive action would be taken against the lawyers who rampaged the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) in Lahore.
Talking to a private news channel, he had said some 35 to 40 lawyers involved in the tragic incident had been identified and cases had also been registered against them.
Two FIRs have been lodged against over 250 lawyers for attacking the cardiology hospital. One FIR was lodged on behalf of the doctors who were attacked and the police lodged another one.
Anti-Terrorism Act clauses were added in both cases. Sections for beating up the doctors and hospital staff were also added.
On Dec 11, at least 12 patients had died and 25 doctors had been wounded after a group of lawyers on Dec 11 stormed the PIC and subjected multiple doctors to torture in Lahore, Young Doctors Association (YDA) had claimed.
Videos of the violence committed by lawyers had surfaced on social media. The 12 patients including a woman admitted to the hospital for treatment had passed away during this riot.
In the videos, the lawyers can be seen barging into the hospital and smashing glass windows and doors of emergency wards, ICU, CCU and operation theaters. Windows of different vehicles, parked in the vicinity of the medical facility, can also be seen smashed to pieces, Geo News had reported.