–IHCBA secretary served notice over ‘professional misconduct and contempt’
LAHORE: A day after hundreds of lawyers stormed the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), both doctor and the lawyer communities observed a strike on Thursday, with the former asking for action against the violent mob and the latter demanding the release of the arrested lawyers.
PIC observed a virtual shut down as all of its Out Patient Departments (OPD) and other wards were non-operational after the mob attack on the facility. Patients, who were admitted at the hospital for treatment, were discharged and those in critical condition were referred to other nearby public hospitals.
Only a handful of patients are receiving treated at the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU). Patients with severe cardiac conditions that require continuous monitoring and treatment are referred to the CCU.
Eight patients were shifted to Mayo Hospital and 10 were admitted to the cardiac ward at Jinnah Hospital. Other patients were referred to adjacent Services Hospital and Sheikh Zayed Hospital at Punjab University Avenue.
Government hospitals in Islamabad also observed a two-hour token strike to express solidarity with health professionals of PIC.
On the other hand, the legal fraternity asked the government to release the arrested lawyers, claiming that they were not involved in attacking the hospital.
However, the talks between the administration and the government failed that led to the citywide strike.
On Thursday, Punjab police registered two first information reports (FIR), nominating more than 250 lawyers for allegedly torturing doctors and attendants, and damaging hospital property and police vehicles.
IHCBA SECY SERVED NOTICE:
Meanwhile, Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) Secretary Muhammad Umair Baloch was served a notice by the court for “professional misconduct and contempt” as he was reportedly forcing lawyers not to appear before judges as the high court’s bar association was observing a strike against alleged offences against the legal fraternity in Lahore a day earlier.
The court also suspended Baloch’s licence “to practice before IHC” until the next hearing, which will be held on December 19.
It is worth mentioning here that at least three patients lost their lives and several others were injured after a mob of disgruntled lawyers stormed PIC, ransacked the hospital wards and operation theatres and tortured the staff and visitors.
Almost 25 doctors were injured and Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan was also attacked by the lawyers.