QUETTA - Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Balochistan chapter, has condemned suspension of 80 protesting doctors, demanding immediate resignations of the provincial health minister and the secretary.On the other hand, the provincial administration opened emergency wards of hospitals on Monday with the support of only five doctors in the capital.The Balochistan PMA’s general body held a meeting in Civil Hospital Quetta, which was also attended by Prof Dr Shehnaz Nasir Baloch, Dr Abid Ameen, Dr Qurban Bugti, Dr Attaullah Bizenjo, Dr Shehzada Dawood and Dr Abdul Baqi.During the meeting, the doctors condemned the suspension of the doctors who are on strike for the recovery of Dr Saeed, an ophthalmologist and MS of LRBT Quetta, abducted on October 16 from Quetta.“The government is adopting revengeful attitude against the doctors, but has failed to take stern action against the killers and abductors of doctors,” they said and added the government had suspended at least 80 doctors, besides taking action against private hospitals and clinics. “We know our professional duties, but the government is compelling us to come on the roads. We did not want to close the emergency wards, but the government is not ready to solve our problems. Actually the government does not take the doctors’ problems seriously; that is why we are on strike,” they said.The doctors, expressing their dismay, said they had no option except going on protest. “We are not protected and are working under continuous threat. Under these circumstances, it is difficult for us to discharge our professional duties freely,” they lamented.They said they had never refused to hold a meeting with the government to resolve the issue, but they had been compelled to go on strike. They said there were only one CT scan machine, which had been out of order for four years, and one MRI machine lying dysfunctional since long. They said they had complained many times but had not been provided with these facilities by the government.They blamed the government for unleashing propaganda against the doctors and said they knew the sufferings of patients. “We appeal to the civil society and political parties to come forward in our support as the government attitude has disappointed us,” they regretted. “If the government recovers Dr Saeed, arrests killers of doctors, dismisses the provincial health minister and secretary and withdraws revengeful acts against the doctors, we shall end our strike,” they said.They said the PMA leaders would meet the political parties and other social organisations to launch even stronger protest movement to force the government to accept the demand of doctors, including safe recovery of Dr Saeed.Though the doctors’ strike continued on Monday against the kidnapping of Dr Saeed, Quetta Deputy Commissioner Hashim Gilzai and AC Ali Ahmed Siddiqui opened the emergency wards in the evening with the support of only five doctors, Dr Jaafar Tareen, Dr Noor Ahmed Baloch and three others. When contacted, Dr Saeed, a member of the core committee of the PMA, said that by opening the locks of the emergency, the issue could not be resolved as doctors were required for the treatment of patients, which the government did not have. He also said that the PMA was considering filing a petition in a court of low against the suspension of the doctors.This correspondent tried to contact Health Secretary Asmatullah Kakar repeatedly, but he did not give his version regarding restoration of emergency services. However, talking to a private TV channel, he asked young doctors to ensure their presence on their duties otherwise they would also be suspended. He said the emergency services were restored in view of the problems faced by the people. Young Doctors Association (YDA) President Samad Panezai, talking to media, supported the protesting doctors.Health Secretary Kakar, in response to the defiant position of the YDA president, said Samad Panezai was on deputation in a Karachi hospital and his deputation had been cancelled, so he should report to Quetta immediately. He also said training of the doctors on house jobs in Quetta had been cancelled.