Larkana- The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Larkana Chapter, in an emergency general body meeting held at their office located in the OPD Block of the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH), has decided to completely boycott of all indoor, outdoor and operation theater duties throughout the district.

They are protesting against the firing incident at another senior member of PMA on Thursday due to which he was not only critically injured but has been shifted to Karachi for management & further treatment.

Dr. Shah Baig Chandio, President, Dr. Ikram Tunio, General Secretary and others spoke on the occasion and warned the police & district administration to arrest the accused and bring an end to criminal attacks on doctors by gangsters who refuse to pay extortion money.

While talking to PPI Dr. Tunio said that today (Friday) complete boycott was made of all OPD duties to protest against the brutal firing incident at the private clinic of senior demonstrator Dr. Khaliq-ur-Rahman Soomro in which he was seriously injured. He said that reports say that the man injured with him is involved in the crime who has been taken into custody by the police but he added let the police find the truth. He said that incidents of firing at doctors' private clinics have increased in Larkana which has extremely worried the entire community and they feel insecure not only at their private clinics but also in government hospitals.

He said that large protest rally will be taken out on Saturday along with token boycott of OPD will also be held and the doctors will stage a large protest demonstration in front of Larkana Press Club to record their sentiments about the increase of criminal activities against medical fraternity.

Dr. Ikram said that from Monday all OPD, indoor duties will be boycotted and operation theaters will remain locked as well because no operations will be conducted in protest and doctors will only be available to provide emergency medical cover to the ailing patients in the CMCH and in the entire Larkana district to force the government to provide foolproof security to them.

He said that it has become a trend that if a doctor refuses to pay extortion money he accused of Karo-Kari by the habitual outlaws and then they resort to firing to force the community to pay monthly to them or face the consequences.

He demanded that Larkana police must curb this increasing trend with iron hand forthwith or else they will be forced to prolong their agitation for which police & government will be responsible only.