QUETTA - On the call of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan chapter, doctors went on a strike for an indefinite period on Friday to protest against the abduction of their senior colleague Dr Deen Muhammad Baloch.On Thursday, the PMA announced that it would go on strike for an indefinite period if the government failed to release Dr Deen in 24 hours.All the Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) remained closed while all scheduled operations were cancelled. The OPDs of all main hospitals of the provincial capital, including Helper’s Hospital, Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Fatima Jinnah TB Sanatorium and Sandeman Hospital wore a deserted look.However, doctors were present at government hospitals only for emergency cases. The strike caused serious difficulties for patients. On last Sunday, Dr Deen was kidnapped by a group of armed men when he was on his way to Quetta from his ancestral town of Mastung. Kidnappers have demanded Rs8 million ransom from his family.Meanwhile, the activists of All Parties Steering Committee of district Kech staged a demonstration outside Quetta Press Club against the abduction and worsened law and order in Balochistan. The protesters were carrying placards and banners inscribed with different demands. They were also shouting slogans for the immediate recovery of kidnapped doctor.Addressing on the occasion, the leaders of National Party, Balochistan National Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and PPP regretted that kidnapping for ransom, recovery of decomposed dead bodies, robbery and other crimes had become a routine matter and the provincial government seemed inactive to maintain law and order. They condemned the kidnapping of Dr Deen, saying he had played a vital role in serving the people of the province and his abduction was a matter of deep concern.