Lawyers defend act of hooliganism.


Byline: kasim abbasi

ISLAMABAD -- On Wednesday, a mob of lawyers under the name of 'peaceful protest' attacked Punjab Institute of Cardiology which turned vicious and caused up to six deaths of patients admitted in the hospital.

This brutal act was done in retaliation to a video posted on social media in which a doctor poked fun at lawyers who tried to force police to take him into custody for not treating one of them on a priority basis.

In the video, the doctor-a member of the Young Doctors Association-narrated that a group of lawyers had gone to the Inspector General Of Police and urged him to charge two doctors under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

On Wednesday afternoon, a large group of lawyers started marching from Mall Road and travelled to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology.

The protest quickly turned violent after the lawyers closed the entrance and exit points of the hospital and then started throwing stones and bricks.

Pictures and videos from the site show damaged equipment inside the hospital.

The rioting lawyers also damaged cars parked in the hospital and even broke windows.

The emergency ward, where patients receive critical care, was also not spared, spreading panic.

However, after this shameful act, the lawyers community is still defending this act of hooliganism which caused six patients to die according to sources.

In an exclusive talk with The Nation on Thursday, ex-President Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) Mr Raja Aleem stated that the act of lawyers on Wednesday was surely not commendable but he stressed that the whole lawyers community was being disgraced on the action of a few.

He further elaborated that the doctors community was not being questioned by either the media or the authorities as they were the ones who started this.

IHCBA ex-president Mr Aleem explained that the protest of lawyers in Lahore resulted in retaliation to the incident when three lawyers were harshly beaten by the doctors of Punjab Institute of Cardiology and the authorities remained silent despite of several complaints.

And then following that action, a member of Young...

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