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Agencies
July 5, 2020

We will emerge stronger: YDA

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Agencies
July 5, 2020

MUZAFFARABAD: The Young Doctors Association Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday said that the association "will emerge stronger", a day after several medics were "subjected to violence" and arrested during a “peaceful protest”.

The YDA and Grand Health Alliance (GHA), in a joint press conference, condemned the government’s “non-democratic” behaviour.

"If the issues faced by doctors are not resolved, a country-wide movement will be launched," the GHA chairman said. “Violence against young doctors will only strengthen us,” the president of YDA Kashmir said. "We will stage a sit-in in front of Kashmir House in Islamabad [if our issues are ignored]," vowed Dr Salman of YDA Punjab.

President GHA Punjab Dr Fazle Rabbi said that the doctors were dying of coronavirus due to non-provision of facilities.

Another representative of the medical fraternity present, explaining the condition of health facilities in AJK, said: “50% of our patients are referred to Islamabad.”

On Friday, authorities had dispersed a sit-in in Muzaffarabad that the organisation had staged for their rights, among which, one demand was to provide them with incentives equal to that of federal institutions.

“Police baton-charged peaceful protesters,” secretary-general YDA said, adding: “Ten doctors were injured and 23 arrested.” The YDA representative said that as a reactionary measure, all the emergency services in the AJK had been shut.

On the other hand, police said they arrested 22 doctors and that "none of them were hurt" during the process.

Meanwhile, PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemned the police brutality and demanded that the arrested doctors be released immediately, during a meeting with representatives of the YDA via video link.