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PIMA cries foul over ‘state terrorism’


The Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has strongly condemned the baton charge and arrests of doctors and medical students in Islamabad and Quetta.
Doctors and medical students were protesting against Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) and a decision of making National Licensing Exam (NLE) compulsory.
PIMA Karachi president Dr Abdullah Muttaqi and Secretary Dr Zeeshan Hussain Ansari termed the baton charge against doctors and students as state terrorism.
In a statement issued from PIMA House Karachi, the leaders said that the doctors had gathered to express their reservations against the PMC and NLE but brazen attitude by the government turned the situation tense.
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“Instead of resolving the issue through dialogue, the government has resorted to torturing peaceful doctors to prevent them from their right to protest,” they said. The PIMA leaders demanded of the government to take students and other stakeholders into confidence in the decision on NLE and MDCAT.
Dr. Abdullah Muttaqi further said that PIMA had organised a webinar of stakeholders on the issue in which the PMC president had assured that a solution to the issues, acceptable to all stakeholders, would be worked out soon. He also demanded that the admission test in medical colleges be conducted again with transparency.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2021.

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