HAFIZABAD-On the call made by the Pakistan Medical Association, the doctors, paramedics of DHQ Hospital and Health Department employees observed complete strike across the district against the barbarity let lose by landlords of Bukkan Khurd against Dr Zafar Iqbal of Mayo Hospital.

Led by PMA President Hafizabad Chapter Dr Abid Bhatti, the protesters strongly condemned merciless bashing of Dr Zafar by the landlords. They also protested against the apathy of the police for not arresting the accused.

They said that the victim had visited his native Bukkan Khurd to attend a marriage function from where he was abducted by accused Irfan, Atif Shahzad, Sohail Manzoor, Hussnain Abbas, Nasir, Saifullah belonging to Tarar group of Shakeel Tarar, Tariq Nawaz Tarar and Ashraf Tarar. The gangsters took the victim to the Dera of Shakeel Tarar where they mercilessly thrashed him and as a result his both legs were fractured beside head injuries, the said.

When the victim fell unconscious the accused bundled him in vehicle (LEB-3871) to dispose of him but in the meantime a villager informed the police. They followed the accused who then abandoned the victim and the vehicle and ran away.

Though the police have registered a case against seven accused but it is reluctant to arrest the influential landlords.

Paramedical Staff Association President Bilal Sheikh and Class-IV Employees Union President Tahir Mehmood Gujjar have declared that they would continue their strike till the arrest of the accused.

It may be mentioned that the family of Zafar Iqbal belongs to PTI and they had opposed the Tarar group’s candidate of PML-N during the local government elections. Thus, owing to which the Tarar group was at his daggers drawn. Different social and political workers of Hafizabad have appealed to the police to ensure early arrest of the accused.

ENROLMENT: As many as 275 children of brick kiln workers have been enrolled in schools and provided with uniform, school bags, shoes, books, stationery, EDO Education Iftikhar Nawaz Virk said. He said that from May 1, Khidmat cards would be issued to the children of kiln workers according to which they would be paid Rs1,000 and their parents Rs 2,000 per month. He said that the government has provided all sorts of facilities to the children of kiln workers to ensure them to become literate and responsible citizens.