MANDI BAHAUDDIN - The Ex-Servicemen have expressed solidarity with the young doctors in their struggle for pressing the government to accept their demands here the other day.

In a meeting held under Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS), the retired soldiers condemned the brutal force employed by police to disperse doctors’ demonstration in Lahore.

PESS District President Sher Gondal said that the doctors were members of educated community with a noble profession of serving ailing humanity.

He said that they were raising their voice against ongoing irregularities in the Health Department including consumption of adulterated medicines and corruption in hospitals, adding that acceptance of their demand was in greater public interest.

PESS Senior Vice President Major Nasir Javed and other PESS office-bearers including Capt(r) Aslam, Capt(r) Amin, SM Bashir and Riaz called upon the Punjab government to negotiate with leaders of young doctors to accommodate their demands.

They warned that delay in negotiations and use of force to suppress doctors would further aggravate the situation, causing more suffering to patients.

PPP DEMANDS ACTION AGAINST POLICE: The PPP Bahawalpur chapter condemned the “police torture” on the protesting young doctors and political leaders and workers including Deputy Opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly Shaukat Basra in Lahore.

District President Aamir Yar Warren, Secretary General Muhammad Ali Ahsan and termed the act the worst kind of dictatorship. They said that it was unfair to stop peaceful protesters from raising voice for their rights. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif by “misusing” the power had proved that he had no interest in public welfare.

They also criticised the role of the Punjab police which obeyed the “unlawful” orders to please the Punjab chief minister in order to save their posts. They demanded a strict action against the responsible officials who “injured” a number of young doctors and political activists.

Meanwhile, Secretary Information Saleem Bhatti alleged that Sharif brothers had set a new record of corruption and about more than one billion rupees had been plundered under Ujala Scheme and new Metro Bus Project.