Culture of strikes

THOSE belonging to the health and education sectors are again swarming on the roads – this time in the federal capital – pressing for their various demands. While doctors and paramedical staff at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) are demanding separation from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University, educational activities are suspended at Quaid-i-Azam University due to students’ protest who are demanding better facilities, reversal of decision of hike in fee and demanding reinstatement of expelled students. Similarly, the teachers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have gathered outside Bani Gala residence of PTI Chairman Imran Khan demanding regularisation of their services.
In fact it has become a routine on the part of doctors, paramedical staff as well as teachers to get their demands fulfilled by resorting to protest every now and then. Both the sectors are very important and in a country where health and education indicators are already low, such kind of protests further aggravates the situation. We have no doubt in saying that some of the demands of both the doctors and teachers would be genuine and need to be fulfilled but at the same time both the professions also need to understand their sacred and noble duty towards the society. As a result of protest at PIMS, which caters to thousands of people not only from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad but other areas such as Azad Kashmir, Chakwal, Attock etc, over a thousand operations have been cancelled due to prolonged protest there. The protests of KP teachers and students of QAU, which are also continuing over the last many days, are wasting precious time of the youth. While we expect that the protestors will review their decision and rather sit with the administration to sort out matters, we urge federal and provincial governments to redress the woes of the doctors, paramedical staff and teachers. If we really want to improve our social indicators, the satisfaction of those attached with the two professions is a must. They need to be given good salary packages with job security but law should take its course against those bent upon aggravating the situation.

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