QUETTA - Doctors throughout the province observed strike on Wednesday to condemn manhandling and arrest of doctors in Quetta. Younger Doctors Association Balochistan had given country-wide strike to protest manhandling and detention of dozens of doctors by police on Tuesday during a peaceful rally. Police used tear gas and fired shots in the air to prevent a large of protesting doctors from staging a sit-in protest in front of Chief Ministers Secretariat in Quetta. Several doctors sustained injuries when police fired shot in the air. In Quetta, doctors continued their strike and all the out-patient departments (OPDs) remained closed and scheduled operations were cancelled or postponed for an indefinite period of time at all major state-run hospitals in the provincial capital. Doctors also did not attend patients in some hospitals in casualty and emergency departments of the hospital. Similarly, doctors also observed strike in other districts of the province. Doctors also did not attend patients in some private hospitals and clinics that caused immense difficulties for patients. A large number of young doctors on Wednesday took out a rally in Quetta to press government to accept their demands and release detained doctors. A protest rally led by acting president Young Doctors Association, Dr Sher Hassan Achazaki started from Civil Hospital Quetta and after marching through Jinnah Road assembled outside Balochistan High Court where they staged a sit-in. The doctors carrying placards were shouting slogans in favour of their demands and against government for manhandling and arresting doctors. Addressing on the occasion, Dr Rashid Nasir and Dr Zaman Baloch strongly denounced shelling on doctors and appealed Chief Justice Balochistan for taking suo moto notice. Criticising police, they said that targeting innocent citizens was highly condemnable act. Doctors neither belong to any trade union nor they are workers of any political party, but police used full might to crush their peaceful rally they added. They regretted that the doctors were badly manhandled by police and were presented before Judicial Magistrate as if they were criminals. Doctors were leading a peaceful rally for their demands but they were tortured and disgraced, they said, and adding that doctors would continue their protest till achievement of their goals, they added. They demanded that secretary health should be dismissed and an honest official should be appointed who could understand the grievances of doctors. It may be mentioned here that the young doctors have been on strike for the past two months and are demanding for a raise in their salaries. Due to the strike, they are no longer attending patients in OPDs and emergency departments of hospitals. The Balochistan government taking serious notice of doctors protest has sacked 127 doctors so far and ordered for inducting refresh doctors. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muahmmad Aslam Raisani has directed health department for making alternative arrangements for providing treatment facilities to the people who were suffering following the prolonged strike by young doctors. He directed that senior doctors should be deployed to ensure treatment facility in the hospitals and the newly appointed doctors be assigned duties particularly in casualty and emergency departments of the hospitals. Meanwhile, police released more then 50 doctors on bail who were arrested on Tuesday while taking out a rally.