Hundreds suffer as JPMC clinics forcibly closed
KARACHI, Aug 17: Hundreds of patients were forced to return home without
getting medical treatment from the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre here on
Thursday as different outpatient clinics (OPDs) could not be held following
Wednesday's killing of a student at the Sindh Medical College in a clash between
two student groups.
Members of a student group ensured that things could
not function as normal on Thursday by using different pressure tactics to
register their protest against the killing.
OPDs of the departments of
medicine, surgery, gynaecology, orthopaedics, chest, urology, psychiatry and
others could not be held while the functioning of the emergency ward was also
affected for a brief period in the morning, but functioned normally later on in
Offices of the Punjabi Students' Association (PSA) 'Punjab
House,' located in Bazzatta Lane, was also set on fire on Thursday.
premises were in possession of the members of the PSA, which were set on fire
gutting furniture and different fixtures. No casualty was reported in the
incident," SPO Saddar DSP Kamran Rasheed said.
Similarly, two rooms of
the Shah Latif Hostel, said to be in the possession of PSA students, were also
set alight gutting furniture and different fixtures.
Tension spread to
different colleges and universities across the city where extra security was
deployed by the police and Rangers to avert any possible spill
Police have registered two cases in connection with Wednesday's
incidents at the JPMC, one pertaining to creating a law and order situation in
which five students of the PSA were arrested from the spot.
FIR was registered in connection with the murder of Hafiz Abdul Rehman, a final
year student and member of the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba.
Rangers take over security
A unit of the Pakistan
Rangers (Sindh) on Thursday took control of security at two major medical
colleges of the city to avoid any "repercussions" in the aftermath of
Wednesday's violence, officials said.
According to a Rangers' spokesman,
a unit comprising "a few" hundred paramilitary personnel reached the premises of
the Sindh Medical College and the Dow Medical College and assumed security
duties at the campuses.
The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), to
which these colleges are affiliated, had already suspended teaching activities
there and the newly established Ishratul Ibad Dental College for three days to
ensure there was no bloody sequel to Wednesday's incident.The officials of the
two colleges said they had issued notices to over 200 students residing in the
boys' hostels to vacate them by Friday.
"We have issued notices to the
residents of the boys' hostels and would get the spaces vacated by Friday
(today)," Dr Tariq Sharafatullah, Principal of the SMC said.
120 students are housed in the SMC's boys' hostels. Prof Salahuddin Afsar,
Principal of the DMC, said the college administration had issued similar notices
to some 100 residents of its boys' hostel.
The two top officials said no
untoward incident was reported in their premises due to beefed-up security and
suspension of teaching activities.
They gave no deadline when the
students would be allowed to re-occupy their rooms in the hostels.
decide as soon as the situation normalises," Prof Afsar said.
Hameed Khan, Vice-Chancellor of DUHS, had earlier said rooms at the SMC's
hostels would be re-allotted after strict scrutiny of the students.
DMC management had already re-allotted hostel rooms lately. Dawn