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LAHORE  - It was summer of 2012, when the media told the terrible tale of a tot’s death at the Mayo Hospital during the war between young doctors and Punjab government. One and a half years old Fahad was facing teeth-growth issues. The young docs had forced a shutdown of emergency wards at all public hospitals of the most populous and ‘developed’ province and military medics had to be called in.  As usual, politicians of different colours showed off solidarity with their suitable side, while Fahad silently succumbed to his pain on July 1, 2012.  Affecting hundreds of Fahads whose sufferings mostly went unnoticed, the three-year warfare ended up with a conditional ceasefire.  This is the spring of 2014, when the terrible tale of torture of a protesting paramedic is aired. A army of young paramedics have been in a state of war with government for their rights – pay raise and job regularisation. For the past three days, young nurses have been staging street shows as talks with the government have failed to be fruitful. The protesting paramedics have also threatened to boycott emergency against the government’s dillydallying. In the name of solidarity with protesters, politicians have been showing their colours by showing up at demo while the government has been harping on to-be-resolved mantra.

 
 
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