KARAK - After the interference of elected representatives, political figures and elders of Khattak Ittehad, the doctors community of Karak ended their strike and opened the Out Patient Departments (OPDs) of all hospitals of the district. It is merit mentioning here that doctors in Karak started strike following a clash with the local media persons. Earlier, Advisor to Chief Minister on Prisons Affairs Malik Qasim, PML-N Provincial General Secretary Rehmat Salam Khattak, former provincial minister Malik Zafar Azam and elders of Khattak Ittehad Haji Noor Aslam and others held a meeting here on Monday. Tehsil Takht-e-Nusrati discussed the effects of the doctors’ strike on the people. The meeting expressed concerns over the strike of the doctors, people of the district were facing severe problems due to the strike. They said that patients visited the hospitals but returned without any treatment. On the occasion, Malik Qasim urged the doctors to end strike aimed to minimize the health related problems of masses. He said that the residents of Karak were forced to visit other districts for treatment of minor diseases due to absence of health facilities in the district. The meeting unanimously decided to negotiate with the committee of doctors and paramedics to convince them to end their strike. After the meeting, the elders visited the District Headquarters Hospital Karak and held negotiations with the doctors committee headed by Dr Ishafaq and Paramedics Association District President Khalid Usman and the elders claimed that the common people were affected from the strike of doctors. They argued that they should end the strike and adopt the legal course. The doctors on the assurances of elders decided to end the strike. Later, the general body meeting of the doctors was held at the hospital and endorsed the decision of the committee. After successful negotiations, the doctors decided to open all the health centres of the district.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 14-Jan-2014 here.