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PTI blames ‘dysfunctional govt’ for paramedics protest

PTI blames ‘dysfunctional govt’ for paramedics protest

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry has said after doctors and visually impaired the paramedics have taken to the streets due to dysfunctional government machinery.

In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Chaudhry said one could only pity Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and “his bunch of cronies”, who were struggling to defend an increasingly dysfunctional government.

Due to the protest, he said, poor patients were the worst affected as paramedics were not available to assist doctors in hospitals. But no one was ready to accept this failure to smoothly run the affairs of the Punjab government, he added.

General Secretary Dr Yasmin Rashid said the service structure of paramedics had not been implemented despite the chief minister’s promise almost four years ago. She said the way Shahbaz was behaving and trying to run the province on ad hoc basis showed he had learnt nothing despite being the chief minister for seven consecutive years.

Information Secretary Andleeb Abbas said Pakistan was never made for such type of democracy that was being run by “negligent, incapable and ignorant people like Shahbaz Sharif”. She said the chief minister was running the province like a typical family businessman where he could not manage anything without a family hold on it.

Andaleeb said since paramedics had withdrawn their services from OPDs, indoor wards and operation theatres, she asked, who would look after poor patients. She also questioned why only Shahbaz met with the Chinese president and not the other chief ministers. 

“This proves that Pakistan has been turned into ‘Sharif Enterprise Ltd’,” she added.

Published in Dawn, April 22nd, 2015

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