Rangers deployed after deadly clash between lawyers and doctors in Lahore

Policemen gather beside a burning police vehicle following a clash between lawyers and doctors at Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) in Lahore, Dec. 11, 2019. (AFP)
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Updated 12 December 2019

Rangers deployed after deadly clash between lawyers and doctors in Lahore

  • Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) is closed, patients moved to other hospitals
  • Police have registered cases against dozens of lawyers involved in the attack

ISLAMABAD: The government of Punjab province has deployed the Rangers, paramilitary law enforcement personnel, as the situation remains tense in Lahore following a clash between lawyers and doctors at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) on Wednesday.

The PIC was closed on Thursday and patients have been moved to other hospitals in Lahore.

At least three heart patients have died after a group of lawyers attacked doctors at the hospital.

“Three patients including an elderly woman died after doctors failed to provide them timely treatment and remained engaged in averting the assault,” Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid said in a televised press conference in Lahore on Wednesday, as quoted by AFP.

A group of more than 200 lawyers, who had ongoing issues with the doctors of the PIC, stormed the hospital, vandalizing property and damaging dozens of vehicles of visitors and setting ablaze a police van, she said

Reportedly, police have registered cases against dozens of lawyers allegedly involved in the attack on PIC.

On Wednesday evening, Rashid said in a tweet that strict action would be taken against the lawyers who tortured doctors and obstructed treatment at PIC.

“No where in the world is there any precedence of attacks on medical facilities even in wars. This government will not spare them. The footage clearly shows all those involved. The crime is heinous, 34 involved in violence have already been arrested,” the minister wrote.

The incident was apparently triggered by video clips some doctors had made ridiculing the lawyers.

Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan, who arrived at the hospital to mediate, was also thrashed by angry lawyers.

Private television channels showed live footage of the scuffles from the scene where some of the lawyers were also seen brandishing pistols.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who ordered an inquiry into the incident, directed the provincial government to take stern action against all those involved in the attack.


Ex-Pakistan cricket great Miandad says spot-fixers should be hanged

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Ex-Pakistan cricket great Miandad says spot-fixers should be hanged

  • 'An example should be set,' Miandad said on his YouTube channel on Friday
  • Cheating in cricket via match and spot-fixing has stained the country’s favorite sport for years

KARACHI: Cricketers involved in match-fixing should be hanged, former Pakistan batting great Javed Miandad suggested Friday.
Match-fixing and spot-fixing — determining the outcome of a specific part of a game rather than the overall result — have stained the country’s sport for several years.
“Players who are involved in spot-fixing should be severely punished,” Miandad, who scored Pakistan’s second-highest Test runs with 8832, said on his YouTube channel.
“Spot-fixers should be hanged because it is similar to killing someone, and so the punishment should also be on the same lines. An example should be set so that no player even thinks about doing something like this.”
His remarks follow player Mohammad Hafeez’s protests over former opener Sharjeel Khan’s return despite receiving a five-year ban in 2017 over a spot-fixing case.
Meanwhile, Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal faces a ban of six months to life after being charged for not reporting a fixing offer last month, a crime under Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code.
Fixing was exposed in 1995 after Australians Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh alleged then-skipper Salim Malik offered them bribes to under-perform in matches.
That led to a judicial inquiry that banned Malik for life.
But in 2010, then Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were involved in a spot-fixing case that led to five-year bans.
Only Amir returned to international cricket — a comeback that also raised opposition, most prominently by Hafeez.