QUETTA - Doctors continued protests for the third consecutive day on Saturday against the kidnapping of senior doctor and psychiatrist Dr Ghulam Rasool, by not attending patients in all outdoor departments (OPDs) in government and private hospitals in the provincial capital.

Dr Ghulam Rasool Kakar, the Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital psychiatrist, was kidnapped from Brewery Road area on Wednesday. The call for boycott was given by the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan chapter in protest against the non-recovery of the abducted doctor.

While the OPDs of all main hospitals in the provincial capital including Helper’s Hospital, Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Fatima Jinnah TB Sanatorium and Sandeman Hospital remained closed. However, the doctors attended emergency cases in government hospitals.

Due to the strike, the patients had to face a lot of difficulties, since all routine operations had been cancelled and healthcare systems had come to a grinding halt because of the protest. The doctors also boycotted hospitals in other districts of Balochistan.

Meanwhile, a large number of doctors staged a demonstration outside Quetta Press Club to condemn the kidnapping of Dr Ghulam Rasool.

Addressing on the occasion, President PMA Balochistan Dr Sultan Tareen and other doctors said that despite lapse of three days the authorities concerned could not recover Dr Ghulam Rasool.

They alleged that the government was not taking serious steps for the recovery of the kidnapped doctor and was also not providing security to other doctors due to which incidents of kidnapping of doctors were taking place regularly.

They announced that a shutterdown strike would be held across the province against the doctors’ abductions on Sunday (today), adding all political parties and business community had supported their strike call.