LAHORE - Once again on Saturday, visually impaired persons held a protest demonstration against the Punjab government for not providing them jobs under special disable-quota.

The protestors, who were nine in number, blocked the road in front of Lahore Press Club for several hours, demanding the Punjab chief minister to fulfil the promises his government had made with them last time. Despite of being educated, we are denied of our rights,” they maintained.

Senior officials of the Punjab government reached on the spot and tried to convince them but they refused to stop protesting. They said that they would continue their sit-in until the fulfilment of their demands.

Police officials also reached there and put barriers on the both sides of the road where the protesters were present to protest. Davis road and all adjoining roads witnessed traffic mess due to protest which caused serious problems of the general public.

At about 5:00pm, the road was opened for the traffic after the negotiation between both the groups ended up, however, the point or condition the negation concluded on was unclear.

Last year on Dec 5, these visually impaired persons held a protest but police baton charged them. After wide media coverage of the police action, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who was in Qatar at that time, ordered an inquiry and IG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf suspended two ASIs and three constables.

Training workshops for docs every Friday: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Lahore has decided to organise training workshops for doctors every Friday.

On Saturday, the Executive Committee of PMA Lahore passed four resolutions including holding weekly workshops for fulfilling the PMDC requirement for registration of doctors.

University of Health Sciences (UHS), approved institution of PMDC, will certify credit hours for registration of doctors. Through another resolution, PMA condemned harassment of senior doctors at Mayo Hospital and criticised lack of action on the part of administration.

Through a resolution, the PMA rejected making written test compulsory for recruitment of MOs/WMOs and Senior Registrars through PPSC. The body also criticised Punjab government for not resolving the issue of doctors and allied staff at Sheikh Zayed Hospital.

It suggested the government to return the institution back to the federal government if it could not resolve the issues.