KARACHI - Calling upon the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council to provide insurance cover, doctors staged a demonstration on Thursday for their protection.They announced two-hour token strike from Monday in the hospitals of Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Karachi, Larkana, Sukkur, Sanghar, TMK, Thatta, Badin and Khairpur. The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Sindh chapter led the protest outside the Press Club, which was attended by a large number of doctors. The PMA called upon Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to provide insurance cover to doctors. Raising concerns over the surge in kidnapping of doctors, extortion and robberies, PMA Sindh President Dr Samrina Hashmi said: “Kidnapping of doctors and extortion are on the rise.”  Taking a swipe at the government for its failure to maintain law and order, she said the doctors had been making a litany of complaints to the authorities concerned but they were dragging their feet over the matter. Citing the kidnappings of Prof Dr Aftab Qureshi, Dr Faisal Iftikhar and Dr Faisal, she said that such crimes have been raising worries among the doctors.  “Doctors are leaving the country in bid to flee sense of insecurity after such crimes.”She also cited the robberies at the homes of Prof Fasih Hashmi, Dr Irshad Shah and Dr Zahid Sheikh in Hyderabad few days ago. She slammed police for their lethargy. The PMA reached DIG Hyderabad Sanaullah Abbasi and made a request for action but to no avail, Hashmi said, alleging that law enforcers were doing nothing to maintain law and order. The PMA leader said: “More than 70 per cent of doctors are paying extortion money in Hyderabad alone. We are against strikes but we have left with no other option.” She raised the demand for stepped up efforts to ensure protection to the doctors.Separately, a PMA delegation met Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khoro and raised their concerns with him.The delegation comprises Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad, Dr Saeed Ahmed Memon Dr Qazi Wasiq, Dr Humair Nisar, Zulifqar Ali Rahujo and Dr Yousaf Shaikh. The delegation appealed to the speaker to order the authorities concerned to redress their grievances and demanded prompt arrest of killer of Dr Amir Mughal The matters of health bill, service structure and other incentives also came under discussion during the meeting. The speaker assured the visiting delegates of addressing their concerns, saying that he would take up the matter with the authorities concerned.