SHC seeks details of doctors’ security

Karachi: The Sind High Court SHC on Thursday directed Assistant Inspector General of Police Legal to appraise the court of security measures taken by police at various hospitals including public hospitals, OPD and emergency centers.

Headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, the division bench was hearing the petitions of the Pakistan Medical Association Hyderabad and MPA Mohammad Sheheryar Khan Mehar against the kidnapping and murder of a neurosurgeon, Dr Aftab Ahmed Qureshi, and poor law and order situation in Shikarpur, respectively.

AIG Legal Ali Sher Jakhrani submitted that measures have been taken to ensure safety and security of doctors across the province.

He submitted a report before the court showing the details of the deployment of police guards for security of doctors. He informed the court that 27 doctors in various hospitals have been provided security depending on the nature of their duty.

The court directed him to provide court with the details of security provided to doctors discharging their duties in Hyderabad.

Pakistan Medical Association Sind chapter president Samrina Hashmi stated before the court that doctors’ life and property is in danger and no steps have been taken by State to protect their life and property. She said that members of medical associations are threatened of abduction and substantial ransom is being collected from the doctors.