QUETTA - Residents of Pak-Afghan border town Qamarud Din staged a demonstration Thursday, protesting against the killing of five Pakistani nationals by the Afghan forces. The protesters were carrying banners and placards inscribed with various slogans. They also chanted slogans against the Afghan troops for their unprovoked firing.

They said it is not the first incident the Afghan troops opened fire; rather three persons, who were working in the fields, had also been killed earlier. They said that in a replica of that incident, five more people including a woman were killed in the indiscriminate firing incident.

They said they are the patriotic Pakistanis and protection of their life and property is responsibility of the government. They demanded the government to take notice of the cross-border firing violation by the Afghan troops and asked the quarters concerned to raise the issue, sending a strong protest over the incident.

PMA’s deadline : The Pakistan Medical Association Balochistan chapter has given a 3-day deadline to the provincial government for the recovery of prominent heart specialist Dr Abdul Munaf Tareen who was kidnapped on Tuesday.  The Young Doctors Association also boycotted the general OPDs across the province, protesting against the kidnapping of their senior colleague. PMA’s 10-member core committee held a meeting chaired by Dr Sultan Tareen here on Thursday. The participating doctors expressed their grave concerns over the kidnapping incident. They said this isn’t the first case of doctors’ kidnapping; rather scores of such incidents have taken place across the province since past many years.

“The escalating incidents of kidnapping for ransom, particularly of doctors, are not acceptable but the government unfortunately isn’t showing sincerity in this connection,” doctors said in the meeting. They also decided to boycott OPDs of all the state-run hospitals for two hours daily till Dr Munaf’s recovery. The doctors strictly deprecated the provincial government and law enforcement agencies for failing to prevent the acts of kidnappings. “All the doctors kidnapped for ransom got released after paying money to their abductors, while the provincial government could not arrest even a single person involved in this regard,” they said. The PMA gave a 3-day deadline to the provincial government for the safe and immediate recovery of Dr Munaf Tareen; otherwise, they said, they would be compelled to take further stringent steps and widen their strike in all the state-run hospitals.

Talking to media, PMA president Dr Sultan Tareen said, “We have information that Dr Tareen is in Miran Shah, a volatile area of KPK. “Our sources in Peshawar and Rawalpindi are dealing with the kidnappers, and the security forces have been informed about the outlaws’ whereabouts but nothing has been done in this regard,” Sultan said.