KARACHI - The political killing of an injured person in the emergency of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and freely use of sophisticated weapons in the hospital premises has once again exposed the tall claims of the law enforcers about their performance and security provided to health facilities in the metropolis.

The healthcare professionals have condemned the security flaws at the largest hospital of the country, and said that this was a point of concern for everyone that the killers escaped from the crime scene in the presence of Pakistan Rangers Sindh.

The prevailing meagre law and order situation in the City revealed that there is no law in the metropolis, unfortunately we have become a lawless nation. The government is required to take strict action against criminals without any discrimination, they said.  

Talking to The Nation, on Saturday, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Sindh Dr Samrina Hashmi termed the JPMC incident as brutal and barbaric, and said that healthcare professionals need infallible security to enhance their work productivity.

Following the overall poor law and order situation prevailing the City, the government should provide proper security at least to public health facilities where thousands of poor people visits for their medical checkup, she said, adding that the time has come for all political parties to come forward on one platform to think over this issue, and chalk out a plan to stop the occurrence of such incidents in the city and country as well. Dr Usman of JPMC also censured the incident, and said that the healthcare professionals at the hospital are worried over the increasing cases of such incidents in the health facilities, and manhandling of healthcare professionals. He said, “The government is accountable for the occurrence of such incidents. Manhandling of healthcare professionals not only at JPMC but also other public and private health facilities has become routine subject.”    

Talking to media, Joint Executive Director Dr Semir Jamali said that we asked the Sindh Chief Secretary to give us security plan. She said that there is lack of security in the hospital. She said, “We have very limited security staff, two guards performs their duties in the morning and two in the night. On the other hand, the hospital has only unarmed watchmen, who are not skilled to handle angry armed mob.”    

CONDOLENCE: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on Saturday telephoned the ANP leader, Asfandar Yar Wali and offered condolences on the demise of senior minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, in a blast in Peshawar on Saturday. He also condemned the Peshawar blast. A statement issued here said that Ebad offered condolences to the ANP leader on this tragic incident.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has strongly condemned the suicide blast in Peshawar on Saturday evening in which senior minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and ANP leader, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, also embraced Shahadat.

In a statement issued here he expressed deep sorrow and grief over the casualties in the tragic incident. Qaim said that the services of Shaheed Bashir Ahmed Bilour in the realms of politics would always be remembered. He stated that those who are targeting innocent people are enemies of humanity also. He said that Bashir Ahmed Bilour very bravely faced the terrorists.

He said that in this hour of grief we are with the Awami National Party. Qaim said that the nation was united to eradicate the menace of terrorism. He stated that such dastardly acts cannot lower the morale of the nation.