Three patients die as lawyers clash with doctors in Pakistan hospital

Clay Curtis
December 13, 2019

Lawyers could be seen standing on the bonnet of a burning police vehicle and scuffling with officers.

After lawyers attacked the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), at least nine patients are believed to have died as a result of the violence at the government-run hospital in Lahore.

Pakistan on Thursday levelled "treason" charges against 250 lawyers who were part of a mob that stormed a hospital in the eastern city of Lahore the previous day, kicking and punching doctors and staff and trashing equipment and property, police said.

Three patients at the cardiology hospital died when physicians and medics left them unattended for several hours Wednesday to escape the mob of about 500 lawyers who had descended on the facility.

Authorities say tension had been brewing between the city's lawyers and doctors since last month, when one a Lahore lawyer complained that doctors mistreated him when he brought an ailing relative to the hospital. It was unclear what the alleged mistreatment involved.

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More than 200 lawyers stormed and ransacked the PIC to avenge what they said was an assault by doctors there on a fellow advocate.

Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan, provincial information minister, said he was also beaten by the protesting lawyers when he arrived at the hospital to assess the situation.

"Several lawyers have been identified from the television footage and the government will deal with all those involved in the attack with an iron hand", Basharat said.

'This was kind of a high-handedness which none of civilised societies can tolerate, ' provincial law minister Raja Basharat said.

In a blatant violation of law and order, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's nephew - Hassan Khan Niazi on Wednesday, was spotted along with a group of lawyers who were allegedly vandalising a police auto in Lahore. "It is a shame that some people would go and attack a hospital", his spokesperson Nadeem Afzal Chan said.

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