Rawalpindi - Even hospitals are no more safe places in Rawalpindi, as incidents of firing by armed goons occurred in two major hospitals of the city — District Headquarters Hospital and Benazir Bhutto Hospital -– within 24 hours.

In the first incident, an armed group of goons stormed into high dependency unit (surgical unit-1) of Benazir Bhutto Hospital on Wednesday, made the whole ward hostage at gunpoint and threatened a postoperative patient to withdraw police case or else he would be killed.

The armed goons forcefully expelled all the heirs and attendants of the patients from the ward and kept terrorising the patient for more than 30 minutes with no action from hospital administration or any law enforcement agency, reliable sources revealed to The Nation on Tuesday.

Young Doctors Association (YDA) of Benazir Bhutto Hospital agitated against the security loops and warned of strike if the government failed in protecting the paramedics.

According to sources, a group of 8 goons led by one Qaisar having pistols in their hands entered the high dependency unit of BBH at 02:00am and evacuated the ward.

The armed men then moved towards a patient namely Tahir lying on bed-C and pointed guns at him, sources said. “How dare you approach police and file case against me? Do not pursue case or else I will kill you,” sources quoted Qaisar as saying to the patient.

The entry of goons created panic in the ward as the doctors locked the rooms from inside while the staff and nurses were made hostage at gunpoint in the corridor, sources added.

The goons remained inside the ward for 30 minutes and then escaped while displaying weapons, sources said.

They sources told this scribe that the nurses and doctors ranged up the MS, DMS and ward master for help but no body responded to the calls.

The attendants of patients protested against the hooliganism of the armed men and demanded of the government to take strict action on the incident.

On the other hand, the YDA reacted strongly against the happening of the incident by shutting down OPD and staging a protest demonstration.

The doctors also condemned the firing incident took place at DHQ and demanded of the government to provide adequate security to the doctors and paramedics or else they would observe complete strike.

Interestingly, Station House Officer (SHO) Police Station (PS) Waris Khan, when contacted by this scribe to get his comments on the issue, expressed his complete unawareness over the incident.

MS BBH Dr Asif Qadir Mir was not available for his comments.

Earlier, on Tuesday last, armed men of two rival groups entered District Headquarters Hospital and their firing in the hospital premises created panic.

The armed groups reached there after seven persons of both groups were injured in exchange of firing and they had been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital for treatment.

“We initially thought terrorists attacked the hospital. Everyone ran for cover,” said Altaf Satti, a ward boy. He said the armed persons were firing without realising that they might shoot innocent people too.