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Only one patient remains in the OPD of Civil Hospital as many patients shifted to private hospitals due to doctor’s strike. - Photo by INP

QUETTA: Renowned eye specialist Dr Saeed Ahmed Khan, who was kidnapped from Quetta’s Sariab Road on Oct 16, was freed on Wednesday after a ransom was paid to his abductors, DawnNews reported.

However, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan has vowed to continue the doctors’ strike across government-run hospitals in the province.

PMA Balochistan’s president Dr Sultan Tareen said the government had played no role in securing Dr Khan’s release.

Speaking to media representatives, Dr Khan thanked the medical community in the province for offering its support. He said abductions of doctors not only affected their families but their patients also, adding that, the situation was alarming. He added that he was freed only after a ransom was paid to the kidnappers.

Doctors in Balochistan had staged protests across the province against Dr Khan’s kidnapping, following his abduction in October. Private and state-owned hospitals had remained closed throughout Balochistan during the doctors’ strike, adversely affecting the patients.

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Yasir Nov 28, 2012 09:26pm
Doctors going rogue?? Dude, please come back from your land of fantasies and study the law and order situation going on in Balochistan. Even if that doesnt work out, go spend some time there!
Sohail Nov 28, 2012 09:25pm
I am from Quetta but currently based in US. After talking to my family and friends in Quetta, it is very clear that police and the higher ups in the govermenet know well who the abductors are. Raisani family is well known for their illegal activities. There are many minisiters in the provincial assembly whose illegiitimate background is well known to all in Quetta. I do not support doctor's strike because it is affecting innocent patients but if this what it takes to get attention to doctor's plight then so be it .
muzammil ullah khan Nov 28, 2012 12:07pm
first the lawyers went on strike for a genuine cause and created a sort of a movement . Then they went rogue !! Now the doctors went on strike for a good cause but it seems that they may follow the lawyers and may go rogue !! Cant we find a middle way ?
qaim Nov 28, 2012 01:28pm
the transmitters have been used already and the response from that well know family was that hundreds of people come to my home i dont know every one knew it but cant do anything
Hasan Askari Nov 28, 2012 03:16pm
This clearly means we as a nation dare biased against Balochs When young doctors strike for money and position and goes agains the medical authorities (PMA) they WIN being punjabi but when senior doctors (from Balochistan) along with PMA calls for strike for a fair cause they are being arrested and not even heard
Zahid Nov 28, 2012 12:55pm
I am looking on the other side of story of how to catch those culprits who was behind this scenes, the bag which has the money we can noted the numbers and inform all the banks. This would be possible if we used Technology in a better way. On the other hand we can track through some transmitters (putting in the beg) and trace them very easily (if we want to do so.).
ishrat salim Nov 28, 2012 12:52pm
Yet the govt claims that the writ of the provincial govt is OK...? that the law & order is not that bad....