LAHORE–Although the Young Doctors Association (YDA) claimed that political parties are not backing it, the association on Tuesday preferred visiting the Governor’s House to appearing before the Lahore High Court.

The LHC summoned the YDA’s leadership in a petition moved by provincial government seeking orders to restrain them from staging sit-in on Nov 7(today).

The Punjab government moved a petition through Ashtar Ali Ausaf seeking directions to the YDA to restrain them from staging sit-in on Nov 07 (today) before the Punjab chief ministers’ house to press their demands including service structure. The government stated in the petition that a government committee was negotiating with the YDA over the issue of service structure. The negotiations were also in the knowledge of court, but YDA had announced a sit-in to press their demands.

Most of demands of YDA had been addressed through negations and only two including one-step promotion had yet to be finalised, advocate general Punjab Ashtar Ali Ausaf submitted. He also pointed out the YDA was playing in the hands of political parties and the association had too given the call of sit-in on the indication of political parties. He requested the court to issue directions restraining the YDA from sit-in and protests.

Taking up the government’s petition on Tuesday morning, Justice Ijazul Ahsan recorded the initial arguments of provincial law officer and summoned the leadership of YDA adjourning the hearing till 3:00 pm.

As the court resumed hearing at 5’o clock of the evening, it was informed that YDA had refused to receive the court notices and reached at Punjab Governor House.

Now it was evident the political parties were using the YDA just to defame the Punjab government, led by PML-N, the advocate general Punjab argued.

The court observed the patients would not be left on mercy of protests and agitations.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan issued the interim stay order against the sit-in restraining the doctors from staging it before the chief minister’s house. The court also directed the leadership of YDA to appear before the court on Nov 07 (today) morning.

On the other side supporting the allegations that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and PML-Q are behind the agitating doctors, a YDA delegation led by President Hamid Butt reached at the governor house at 4:00 pm for meeting with Sardar Latif Khan Khosa.

Just after 15 minutes of the high court stay order, the delegation of YDA came out of meeting room of governor house and said that they would not take bake the sit-in call.

Talking to media after having a long meeting with PPP’s legal wizard Provincial Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, YDA President Hamid Butt said the doctors had not yet received any written stay order of the high court against the sit-in. He vowed that the young doctors couldn’t be stopped from staging sit-in for their genuine rights.

He said the doctors would consult with their legal team when the received written order of the court. He also threatened to react strictly if the government would stop the doctors’ sit-in on Wednesday (today).

As they left the governor house another statement of Governor Latif Khosa came on media encouraging the doctors for sit-in. In a handout, the Punjab Governor promised the doctors to talk to the chief minister Punjab to solve their problems at the earliest.

Encouraging the agitating doctors, Khosa said if the Punjab did not accept their legitimate demands, the PPP after coming into government in Punjab would provide for them and accept their demands.

The judiciary is providing justice to everyone and he was quite optimistic that the doctors would also get the justice from the institution.

The Governor said that the doctors are under oath to serve the humanity as such they must not forget their ‘mission’.