QUETTA: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan chapter on Tuesday condemned the kidnapping of Dr Abdul Aziz, announcing to continue strike until doctors are given security.

Dr Abdul Aziz, medical officer of the Helper Eye Hospital, was kidnapped at Sariab Road by armed men when he was returning home from his clinic.

Chairing a meeting, PMA Balochistan president Dr Sultan Tareen expressed concerns over lack of security for doctors, saying that doctors were being kidnapped despite the government were holding negotiating with them to provide security.

PMA leaders said that their strike was not for gaining increase in salaries or other facilities but they were struggling against the crimes which had badly affected the society.

They criticised the police IG and Quetta CCPO for not maintaining the law and order,demandingtheir immediate removal. They said that perpetrators involved in the killing and kidnapping of doctors should be brought to justice.

They asserted that the PMA would not end its strike until the provision of security, restoration of doctors suspended on November 19and withdrawal of cases registered against them.

Some 17 doctors have been kidnapped across the province in last two years.

Meanwhile, doctor’s strike in state-run hospitals of Quetta created difficulties for the patients coming from remote areas of the province.