QUETTA - In the light of doctors’ statements, it seems gangs and mafias are controlling the state-run hospitals instead of the government in Balochistan , remarked the judicial commission judge, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, during yesterday’s hearing.

The commission would be compelled to issue ‘unqualified writ’ against the Balochistan chief secretary, the health secretary and other authorities if this pathetic state of affairs continued, the commission said.

“It is not a laughter programme that makes people laugh,” the judicial commission regretted, adding the condition of the health department had greatly deteriorated.

The judicial commission, headed by Justice Qazi Faez Isa, was constituted in the light of the Supreme Court instructions to hear the August 8 civil hospital blast case.

Assistant Advocate General Shayak Baloch, Civil Hospital Quetta ex-MS Dr Abdur Rehman Miankhel, IT Dept Director Asif Ikram, Civil Hospital MS Dr Farid Samalani and senior lawyers, Advocate Muhammad Amir, Advocate Hadi Shakeel, Advocate Abdul Ghani Khilji were present during the Friday hearing.

Dr Shyla Kakar, recording her statement before judicial commission, said scores of casualties could be saved if there had been doctors, nurses, ambulances, basic instruments and bandages.

No emergency plan was implemented in Civil Hospital Quetta till the August 8 suicide explosion. Had Trauma Centre been properly functional, casualties would not have been so high, said Dr Shyla in her statement. 

The judicial commission, expressing dissatisfaction with the performance of the health department, said fake roster register of doctors has been presented to the commission which reflects non-cooperation.

Dr Salim, recording his statement as many as 14 times, said, he had lodged complaints against absent doctors, but no action was taken against them.

Dr Salim told the commission, “I had found senior lawyer Syed Ghani Jan Agha in a good condition, but it is not understood how and why he was shifted to Combined Military Hospital where he embraced martyrdom.” He knew nothing in this regard, he said. 

The hearing was adjourned until Monday.