ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Ijaz Shah 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 said some 35 to 40 lawyers involved in the tragic incident had been identified and cases had also been registered against them.
Replying to a question, the interior minister said former president Asif Ali Zardari had been granted bail on medical grounds.
The Punjab Home Department has deployed Rangers personnel at important places in Lahore to avoid any untoward incident in the city.
Deployment of the Rangers in Punjab was approved by the interior ministry. They are stationed outside Governor House, the Punjab Assembly, the Civil Secretariat, the Lahore High Court, GPO Chowk and the Supreme Court Registry.
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.
PIC is the biggest cardiac hospital in Punjab.
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.
Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hasan Chohan was also not spared.