RAWALPINDI After failure on part of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to compliance with the self-selected date to vacate one of the hostels of the Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC), the allied hospitals young doctors have decided, as last resort, to resolve the issue on the roads. Despite several assurances given time and again by the NAB concerned officials to RMC administration and even the personal intervention of Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif into the issue resulted in noting but continuation in illegal occupation of on one of the girls hostel by the NAB authorities. The last deadline in this regard given by the NAB was February 28 (today), but till today illegal occupation stretches on 10-year is still intact. Getting very perturbed from the prevailing situation, as many assurances, like last one, in this regard went immaterialised, the young doctors of all the three hospitals decided to observe complete strike on March 1. Earlier, NAB representatives had assured the young doctors that they would vacate the girls hostel till February 28 (today). The last deadline was given by the NAB after hectic negotiations of Dr Shoaib Shafi, professor of medicine and chief warden of the hostel of the college and the principal of the college, Dr Afzal Farooqui, with NAB officials. President Young Doctors Association Umer Saeed said around 5, 000 doctors would join the protest series that will remain continue until the fulfilment of their genuine demand of vacation, however, he said, ICU, CCU and emergency will be run in proper routine as they dont want the patient to suffer. He said a series of peaceful demonstrations would be started on 1st March in favour of their demands across the Punjab province. Through protest we will force the authorities concerned to vacate girls hostel, increase in the health budget, provision of adequate health facilities in the hospitals and increase in the salaries of the doctors, he said. NAB occupied the hostel for over a decade, resulting in severe housing shortage for female students. NAB occupied this building back in 1999 and refused to budge. At the time of the military coup the building was vacant so the bureau established its offices (including four accountability courts) in this hostel building, near Pakistan Air Force Chaklala Base, Rawalpindi. Mubashir Malik, principal of RMC at the time refused to give permission to NAB to occupy the building. He maintained that the building was to be used as a girls hostel. Despite his objections, NAB established offices in the premises. Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in a case regarding illegal occupation of land by the Rangers termed the NABs attitude to occupy girls hostel of RMC as apathetic. CJ remarked, We came to know through media reports that our daughters are forced to live in expensive private apartments away from the college, as NAB had established accountability courts there. The Chief Justice further said, We would not allow the institutions and security agencies to occupy the public building under the pretext of research of justice. The strength of students in the college has increased significantly during the past ten years and RMC administration has been requesting NAB officials, time and again, to vacate the building but only to be ignored persistently. Talking to The Nation an official of NAB said, We are considering different options, but we will not be vacating the building unless we are provided with an alternative place. Around 70 per cent girls are enrolled in the Rawalpindi Medical College. More than 750 female students sought hostel accommodation this year of which only 150 could be facilitated, hostel warden told The Nation, adding, The number of female applicants was increasing every year making it harder for them to refuse.