KARACHI: Hours after the end of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Karachi visit, at least six people including a policeman were killed during last 24 hours in different violence and firing incidents in the metropolis.
A policeman, Zeeshan, was killed on Ijtimagah Road in Manghopir. Zeeshan was going back home after his duty was over. The number of police fatalities during the holy month of Ramadan, mounted to seven.
Lyari also became a flashpoint. Limb-tied body of a youth was recovered from Lyari's Chakiwara. Two others-Rehmat and Khalil, were gunned down in Afshani Street.
Meantime, personnel of the rangers and police kick-started search operation after sealing off different streets of Lyari. According to sources of the rangers, the deceased were killed by the operatives of Lyari's gang-war on suspicion of betrayal.
According to the rangers sources, full-fledged operation will be launched in Lyari after the midnight.
Earlier, a man, Riaz Habib, was shot down in his head as he was coming out of masjid located in Kati Pahari area of Qasba Colony. A youth, Zamir, was targeted in Lyari's Lee Market area. He was transported to Civil Hospital in critical condition; however, he passed away in the hospital.
Doctors leaving Karachi due to kidnapping threat: Many senior doctors have recently left Karachi after getting extortion money chits and threats of kidnapping them and their children; however, the government is yet to take notice of the growing harassment of medical community in the city.
A very senior medical practitioner of the city told PPI on the condition of anonymity as he himself is facing such threats that extortion mafia of Karachi has increased their activities and sent extortion chits to several hundreds of senior doctors, consultants and surgeons. He said majority of these harassed doctors silently paid the extortion money without reporting to the police. He said the especial cell of the police and rangers formed in the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) House has just received about 45 complaints of doctors, but it was just tip of the iceberg.
Citing the case of a famous ENT surgeon, he said one day he received a letter of extortionists along with a bullet and the next day he left Karachi for Dubai along with his family. He said hundreds of senior and experienced doctors have already left the city and many more are planning so. He said that the threat to doctors in Karachi is not a fiction, as so far this year seven doctors have already been murdered in this city.
He said the extortionists generally demanded payment of Rs 0.3 to 0.5 million and after negotiating they settle at about Rs 0.2 million. He said a bank account is provided to the targeted doctor to deposit the money. He said for a senior doctor with a thriving practice and good reputation it is rather easy to pay Rs 0.2 million silently than to visit police station and lodge a formal FIR. He said sadly once a doctor pays extortion money, he again receives demand for more after a gap of four to six months. Finally, these doctors find it better to leave the city altogether.
He said that the government is concerned about the safety of only traders and industrialists but it is ignoring medical community. He suggested conducting a survey of the doctors who have left the city in recent years and it would be an eye-opener for our law and order policymakers.
He urged the government to look into the matter seriously as the swift brain drain of consultant doctors from Karachi would pose serious threats to the healthcare sector of this largest city of Pakistan.
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