KARACHI - Hundreds of nurses of three big hospitals of the metropolis including Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, National Institute of Child Health and Civil Hospital on Friday observed sit-in outside the Press Club.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has taken notice of the issue and asked the authorities concerned to immediately solve their problems, leaders of Provincial Nurses Association (PNA) told TheNation.

They hoped that notification for acceptance of their demands might be issued today (Saturday). They said the protest would be continued until the government accepts our demands.

Various political leaders including PML-N central leaders Marvi Memon and Saleem Zia have also joined the sit-in and expressed sympathy with the nursing staff, who were brutally charged with batons and water cannons by the law enforcement forces when they were trying to enter the Governor’s House.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Medical Association Karachi has showed concern over ongoing struggle of nurses and the police’s brutality on their peaceful demonstration.

In a joint statement issued here, PMA Karachi president Dr Idrees Adhi and PMA Karachi general secretary Dr Qazi Wasiq said unfortunately, the people associated with such a noble profession were being treated in this insulting and derogatory manner, they said.

“PMA Karachi strongly condemns the attitude of law enforcing agencies and supports the peaceful struggle of the nurses for their legitimate rights. If the situation will not be controlled than the healthcare system of the province will collapse. The authorities should accept the demands of nurses as soon as possible,” they added.