PESHAWAR - To record their anguish against kidnapping of a senior doctor, a complete strike was observed on the second consecutive day in hospitals of Peshawar, causing problems for patients, while some 135 senior doctors have formally contacted home department for obtaining licences of prohibited and non-prohibited arms for their security, sources said. To press government for the safe recovery of Dr Amjid Taqweem, who has been kidnapped by unknown armed men a few days back from posh area of Hayatabad, doctors' community on the call of Provincial Doctors Association and Young Doctors Association observed a strike at Lady Reading Hospital and Hayatabad Medical Complex. It was the second consecutive day that doctors have not been attending OPD, wards and operation theatres, due to which, patients are ahead with different problems and difficulties at the hospitals. Besides, patients have also been shifted to nearby districts for treatment.

In the last few months, kidnapping of doctors for ransom has gone up. The kidnapped Dr Amjad Taqweem was in-charge of Medical C Ward at Leady Reading Hospital. He was kidnapped while going back home after Isha prayers in Phase-7 Hayatabad.The doctors community has decided to extend the strike call to other hospitals of the provincial metropolis, besides not attending their private clinics and hospitals. They have alleged that the PTI government has completely failed in protecting the doctors. The PDA office-bearers have said that they would soon contact management of private hospitals to join them in their protest and strike. They said if their colleague were not recovered, they would call for a province wide strike call.

They said that most of the doctors were receiving threats from kidnappers and most of the senior doctors have migrated to other countries as well as Islamabad. In present situation in the province, doctors will stop practicing here. They said that if a doctor's life is not secure how he can provide treatment to the patients. Doctors are being kidnapped and anyone can become a soft target. So far, about 12 consultants have been kidnapped during the last two years. Most of them secured their freedom after paying ransom, they added. The latest spate of kidnapping of doctors has caused scare among the local medical practitioners who are weighing options to leave the city or hire guards on permanent basis for their security. In this connection, it has also been learnt that some 135 senior doctors have also contacted home department for obtaining licences of prohibited and non-prohibited arms for their protection.