The lawyer protests have turned violent at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Lahore, resulting in the death of 4 patients and 25 doctors getting injured earlier today.
The patients died because they were left unattended as protestors barged into the emergency ward and started smashing windows, machinery, and other items, forcing the staff and doctors to run for safety.
According to the reports, the lawyers were protesting in the aftermath of a viral video in which a doctor was seen talking about how a group of lawyers had gone to the Inspector General to get two doctors charged under Section 7 of ATA. Despite the refusal, the lawyers urged the IG to press charges to save face, according to a report by Dawn.
The protestors locked down the entry and exit points of the hospital earlier on Wednesday, and damaged the cars parked inside the hospital, broke windows, burned a Police vehicle and damaged equipment to protest against the video. Not just this, media personnel on-site as well as Punjab Information Minister, Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan were manhandled during the saga.
The law-enforcement agencies are busy clearing the area and a number of lawyers have also been arrested. Grand Health Alliance has announced a strike across Punjab and the doctors have called on the government to take action against vandalism by lawyers.
The lawyers have also announced a strike at the Lahore High Court on Thursday and no one will be available for regular proceedings.
Social media is fuming over the shameless behavior of lawyers. Here are some of the pictures and videos of the unfortunate incident:
What a shame for the state!
Lawyers attacking PIC emergency right now.
ICU and CCU under attack. Lawyers entered even in wards, broke down machinery and windows.
Patients helpless. pic.twitter.com/AYqpmSySDy
— Syeda Yasmeen Ali (@yasmeen_9) December 11, 2019
Samina 22 years old , a mother of one daughter and only sister of six brothers, was admitted in PIC, the goons dressing as #Lawyers cut out her oxygen mask and she passed away immediately.!
Am out of words!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/ReNV55eDgZ
— Mohammad Saad (@hafizsaadriaz) December 11, 2019
وکیلوں کے بلوے کا منظر ۔۔۔
کوئی مذہب شخص یا مذہب دنیا میں ہسپتالوں پر حملہ کیا جاتا ہے ؟ pic.twitter.com/p4R0pPfote
— Khurram (@Khurram_zakir) December 11, 2019
— Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) December 11, 2019
— Mir Muhammad 🇵🇰 (@MirPAK5) December 11, 2019
— Nida Hussain 🇵🇰 (@Nida__Hussain) December 11, 2019
Shameful and disgraceful act of authority by lawyers today in #Lahore. No one has the license to take law in his or her own hands. Sovereignty only belongs to Allah SWT.
6 patients dead. Sitting Minister assaulted. These are your future High court & Supreme court judges.#lawyers pic.twitter.com/1PQQtJtPPM
— Ch Walidaad Cheema (@WaliCheema17) December 11, 2019
— AsfandyarKhan (@asfandy007) December 11, 2019
Government wasn't enough to torture Doctors and Patients, now the #Lawyers, notorious for brawls & goonism, injured 25+ Docs in Lahore and in that hustle 12 patients got killed as well.!! Zero security for hospitals
— Kashif Ali (@KaschifAli) December 11, 2019
— Naveed Sheikh (@naveedsheikh123) December 11, 2019