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What Happened in DHQ Gujranwala Today?

by Abdul Majeed

Today, on 2nd January 2013, there was a scuffle in District Head Quarter Hospital(DHQ), Gujranwala between doctors and Medical Superintendent, the administrative In-charge of the Hospital. Later on, there was a fight between doctors and Media personnel as well. As a result of this brouhaha, Medical Superintendent, Dr Anwar Amanullah got injured. This news has been highlighted throughout the day by Pakistan’s electronic media and some of the twitterati have taken to criticizing doctors and YDA for its ‘Badmaashi’ tactics. A province-wise strike of OPDs(Out Patient Departments-where stable patients are treated) has been called by the Young Doctors Association Punjab. I took it upon myself to find what ACTUALLY happened as I don’t trust anything reported by our erstwhile media unless confirmed by Independent sources. As it turns out, Pakistan’s rogue media played its favorite game: providing selective information and reaching conclusions based on them. There is much more to this whole story than has been reported till now.

There has been an ongoing dispute between doctors working at DHQ Gujranwala and the MS. The issue is renewal of contracts for doctors(which are renewed each year-something that was demanded to be abolished by YDA in its demand for service structure) working at the hospital. The MS, in typical bureaucratic style has been denying doctors new contracts for the last two months. A few days ago, the few people who still had their jobs, got their pays, with massive exemptions,on false pretexts like Mess Charges, Conveyance Charges etc. In such atmosphere, dispute was inevitable. Talks about this issue were ongoing for the last two days. Today, even the Assistant Commissioner of the area intervened and things were close to getting sorted out. According to my sources, the impetus for a physical fight was provided by a certain local journalist named ‘Shafqat Imran’(Correspondent for Geo TV-No surprises there btw) and it ended with a scuffle between doctors and Media Personnel. As a result of this, many doctors were brutally beaten(including one who had injury to his spinal cord and is in an ICU in Lahore right now). That part was not shown by our erstwhile media. The morality of our impartial media perhaps finishes when it comes to one of their own. The videos that are circulating on the internet all show doctors as the accusers. Interestingly, a Geo TV video clip shows a doctor getting beaten up and the frame moves to a different shot within a second. We have not forgotten the role of this very media(accepting hundreds of millions for false advertisements against doctors) in our previous strikes. I do not endorse physical violence by anyone; doctor or not, but I am all for a holistic view of things. YDA and all doctors are not angels but if you slap someone in the face, you should be ready for a punch in your face. In this chaotic society, a single flare of disagreement can lead to major fights, so incidents like these are not exceptional.

I am writing all this just to get some facts clear. I don’t demand sympathy for either YDA or the MS or the corrupt media. This is simply a symptom of how dead our society has become and how there is no light at the end of the tunnel(or to quote Masood Hasan Sb: There is no Tunnel either).
Doctors are leaving this country in droves, like any sensible person would. Many, like myself, are considering change of profession. This nation doesn’t deserve Messiahs, it deserves Quacks, which is all it would get, in a few years time. Let our children die of Polio, Let our patients die of water-borne illnesses, Why Care?

P.S. Political Figures like Maryam Nawaz and Bloggers/Twitterati should know better than jumping on the bandwagon of “Qaatil Qaatil , Doctor Qaatil” without considering the other side of the story.

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14 Responses to "What Happened in DHQ Gujranwala Today?"

  1. zobia United Kingdom Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

    YDA is Terrorist organization They are many platform to get this done in
    civilized society and doctors and beating some one senior like of your
    parent age cant be done by a doctor certainly i doubt YDA leader
    education seem they got degree in same manner I wonder where we are
    going. We think, taking law in our hand and beating around people for
    whatever reasons is correct thing to do. If that’s the way of resolving
    conflicts and issues, then I suggest We should abolish all the courts, police
    and other departments and let people deal with this issue by beating
    around people and taking matter in their own hands. And then see what
    happens. Chaos!!! Violence & boycotting to see patients isn’t way to deal
    with whatever problems they have. They can always come on media and
    present their case, if YDA think their demands are good. They can go in
    court against any injustice against them. But taking law in their own hand
    and spreading violence, that’s not acceptable and must be punished!!
    other people should also adopt the same way of resolving issues…and
    when doctors are showing negligence towards their patients, they should
    beat on the spot..thats the proper way to deal with Doctor .If YDA Leader
    think that the best way they should leave and join other profession
    people come in medicine to help other to not beat others shame on YDA
    leader who did this heinous crime today and must be dealt by force

  2. Thomas United States Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    “But taking law in their own hand
    and spreading violence, that’s not acceptable and must be punished!!”

    I agree… Especially a non-Muslim foreign power…… Killing with the cowards DRONES… No way to say… I am a friend of yours… Of Zadari of Jinnah… A patriot of PAKISTAN…

  3. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    There appears to be lack of recognition of Doctors profession in most developed societiies as well. But the use of violence to support ones demands is a rare phenomina in this profession! PTH usualy name mullahs and talibans with the word ‘terrorism’! Needless to say that those Doctors who use violence have choosen a wrong profession!

    Rex Minor

  4. fahad Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    why media not show videos,when young doctors are beaten in emergencies and wards of hospitals by violent attendents.Even media dont higlit the violet attack of some political people on holy family hospital rawalpindi ICU,that injured many doctors,and also damage ICU costing about 50 lacs,and govt themselv fulfil loss instead of taking from offendors.

  5. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:


    Why do the attendents beat young doctors in emergency wards ? Are they Talibans or the yanks? what is the salary level of a young doctor in Rawalpindi?

    Rex Minor

  6. Sara Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    Rex Minor: This is how suspected “malpractice” is dealt with in Pakistan.
    Being a doctor, I must say that YDA has gone malignant. Once very good for the doctor’s community body, now has resorted to violent tactics.
    And dont blame the media for being one-sided. This just happened to be captured on a video. I’m sure they do even worse kind of things behind the scenes. That can easily be inferred.
    So some radical changes need to be brought in. We need some more sensible leaders. Not like this one who shoved MS on the ground and sat on his chair and started thumping his desk.
    I’m sorry author, but you SHOULD change your profession if you try to defend such a misdeed.
    What YDA needs to do is offer a public apology this time instead of closing all OPDS.

  7. Ahmad United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    we DONT live in a civilized society, woh aur mulqon mein hota hae, where a single black band on hand carries meeting, our corrupt leaders and media wont highlight a civilized protest, its a pity that the nation is supporting the politicians and criticizing the doctors, The same politicians who have been robbing them of their money for decades, and now their next generation is getting ready. PEOPLE get this in mind,there is a great demnand of Pakistani doctors abroad, and these politician get their treatment from abroad, its the local people who will have to suffer if they continue to treat doctors this way.

  8. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    The Doctors are needed allover the world as people continue to live longer and to reamin healthy in the polluted environment requires constant care in hospitals which can only operate if staffed with good doctors. But doctors need patients as well to justify their existance in the communities. what the hell is YDA? Young Doctors Association? Is there no an overall institution which looks after the wellfare and the interests of the doctors?

    Rex Minor

  9. fahad Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I dont defend YDA,but its reality that media does not play fair role,In govt hospitals working conditions are also not good for doctors and their duty hours,issue is not regarding YDA,neither YDA is solely the representative of doctor community.Govt always protect their criminals and if u stop salaries of some person for 4 month,he may get violent,there are episodes of attendents beating doctors and police mostly take no action,But people say go to court and wait long for justice,its not fair to blame that only doctor community is corrupt.

  10. Raheel Karim Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Govt should upgrade the class as per policy of all the employs irrespective of background, province and department. Promotion is not only the issue of one department in government but there are many examples like promotions of young doctors is being highlighted quite well by media. The recent approval to upgrade Customs department Appraisers, Examiners and Preventive officers along with income tax inspectors is quite encouraging.

  11. YLH Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    In case anyone is wondering, our regular Indian contributors are paid trolls. Yes they do exist. See this for example:

  12. Mohan United Arab Emirates Safari iPad says:

    I am wondering how much two Indian trolls Tajender and Drone are paid to spread garbage ?

  13. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    mohan says, I am wondering how much two Indian trolls Tajender and Drone are paid to spread garbage ?

    i will tell u correct figure but first tell your estimate.

    mohan, dronajee natee pote wale ho chuke hain,unpe shak mat keejiye.

  14. malik asad Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    watch the latest gujranwala news.

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