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The image shows supporters of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf. — Photo by AFP/File
The image shows supporters of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf. — Photo by AFP/File

FAISALABAD, April 30: A legal notice has been served on the Allied Hospital medical superintendent, asking him to take action against the doctors working at the facility who allegedly announced support for some PTI poll candidates at an event held at a local hotel a few days back.

The notice dispatched to the MS reads: “(A) few doctors working in your organization have participated in a political gathering and delivered speeches regarding the election campaign of the PTI…”

The notice also mentioned the names of the PTI candidates present at the meeting including Mumtaz Kahloon, Nisar Akbar, Farrukh Habib, Latif Nazar, Mehboob Alam, Hammad Khan, Rana Babar, Imran Anees and Suleman Arif.

It said the doctors announced their active support for the PTI candidates’ election campaign, saying their act was a clear violation of all rules and regulations and code of conduct for government employees. It demanded the MS should take a ‘stern action’ against these doctors. Some of the Allied Hospital doctors told Dawn that the meeting was called by the Pakistan Medical Association to discuss some professional issues. At the meeting some of the retired and private practicing doctors announced support for the PTI candidates who were also invited to the meeting.

They alleged that the meeting proceedings annoyed some PML-N supporters who sent legal notices to six doctors—five of from working at the Allied Hospital and one working under the city district government.

They said some senior doctors had affiliation with the PML-N and were being pressurised by their ‘mentors’ to stop their juniors from backing the PTI.

PMA spokesman Dr Mohammad Irfan said the meeting was not convened specially for the PTI candidates rather it was held to discuss issues being faced by the fraternity.

He said during the meeting some doctors from private sector had announced their support for the PTI candidates and declared they would convert their hospitals and clinics into sub-offices of the party.

He said none of the doctor working for the state-run institution uttered any word pertaining to political activity of any party.

Dr Irfan condemned issuance of notices by “the PML-N people” and said the PMA officials and members could not be pressurised to cast votes against their will through such tactics.

He said in response to the notices the PMA could not ask any of its members to stop supporting the PTI in their personnel capacity.

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Comments (8) Closed

azhar May 02, 2013 07:54am
I agree, guess purpose is to save their future in case politically rivals comes in to power. However time has come to take sides to save the motherland.
zafar ahmed May 01, 2013 09:43am
They must not announce publicly and vote as they wish on 11 May.
Saad May 01, 2013 12:43pm
Really. Have you been to the PIA offices lately?
A sincere Pakistani May 01, 2013 08:43am
No government employee should participate in/support the campaign of any plotical party. They MUST follow the rules.
Raihan May 01, 2013 08:43am
The rule only apply when you are at work. You are free to support anyone afterwards. If we agree the above action is right then no government servant would be able to exercise his/her right to vote according tlo their will. Will PMLN accept PTI government to enforce these bans when and if they come into office. Everyone is free to take part in any legal activity of their choice afterwork and these restrictions only exist during working hours not only in government but also private offices
Fida Sayani May 01, 2013 07:26am
if any of those doctors are government employee than they are not supposed to support any political parties. in case they do so, they should be dismissed from government employment.
Akram May 01, 2013 11:54am
if they are supporting in their own time that's fine. If they are doing it on government time (as in during work) that is wrong. However its funny that PTI supporters are targeted, if they had mentioned PML-N would they have been targeted?
Hassan May 01, 2013 10:30am
Yes they are supposed to support political parties when the government is as useless as it has been for the past five years.