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A view of a deserted government hospital in Quetta. – File Photo by INP

QUETTA: Even after the release of Doctor Saeed Ahmed Khan, patients’ anguish continued in Balochistan as the doctors’ community on Thursday declined to resume duties in the government hospitals which they stopped on October 16 in protest against the kidnapping.

Unknown kidnappers released the eye specialist on Wednesday after keeping him hostage for over six weeks.

The news of his safe release made the citizens breathe a sigh of relief as now they started to expect that the doctors will resume their duties in hospitals. However, on Thursday, they refused to end the strike.

Speaking to media representatives, Pakistan Medical Association Balochistan President Dr Sultan Tareen said the doctors will not end their strike unless the provincial government withdraws suspension orders of the doctors and all the cases registered against them during the strike.

Meanwhile, Young Doctors Association Balochistan also announced to support PMA call for continuing the strike until government meets their demands.