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YDA sets up hunger strike camp in Lahore

- February 04, 2013 - Updated 1535 PKT - From Web Edition

LAHORE: Defiant Young Doctors Association (YDA) has resorted to setting up a hunger strike camp to push the envelope of their demands beyond where it is now, Geo News reported Monday.


“We do not expect any justice from the courts. We leave our case for the people to decide”, one of YDA leaders said.


On the other hand, the Punjab government says all the striking doctors will face action under Punjab Employees Efficiency Discipline and Accountability (PEEDA) Act as they were absent without leave.


"About 80 doctors, who, according to our information are absent from work, are advised to resume their duties immediately or face strict disciplinary action", said a government spokesman.


Earlier, the protesting young doctors blocked the Services Road. According to sources scores of lady doctors along with their children participated in the hunger strike camp.


The YDA leadership has tied the end of their strike with the implementation of demanded service structure, release of detained doctors, annulment of cases against them, and provision of free medicines to poor patients.


Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)leader, Shoukar Basra, visited the YDA's hunger strike camp to express solidarity with the protesting doctors.


Taking to Geo News, YDA leader, Dr Nasir Abbas, held Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif responsible for the strike.


"If anything happened to any doctor on hunger strike, YDA will move the court against CM Punjab", said he.

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