360° Coverage : Pakistan's Balochistan: Where doctors have become targets

1 Updates
Pakistan's Balochistan: Where doctors have become targets
Photo Credit: ASIF HASSAN, Getty Images

Pakistan's Balochistan: Where doctors have become targets

Jul 28 2013, 4:05am CDT | by IANS

Islamabad, July 28 (IANS) Ever since militants picked up five doctors from Pakistan's Balochistan province last month, nobody has any idea where they are. Kidnapping of doctors has become a common phenomenon in the troubled province, a leading daily said Sunday.

Islamabad, July 28 — Ever since militants picked up five doctors from Pakistan's Balochistan province last month, nobody has any idea where they are. Kidnapping of doctors has become a common...

Filed under: news

Tweets

 
 
 

1 year ago

Pakistan's Balochistan: Where doctors have become targets

Jul 28 2013, 4:05am CDT | by IANS

Islamabad, July 28 (IANS) Ever since militants picked up five doctors from Pakistan's Balochistan province last month, nobody has any idea where they are. Kidnapping of doctors has become a common phenomenon in the troubled province, a leading daily said Sunday.

Islamabad, July 28 — Ever since militants picked up five doctors from Pakistan's Balochistan province last month, nobody has any idea where they are. Kidnapping of doctors has become a common phenomenon in the troubled province, a leading daily said Sunday.

The five medics, including Dr. Nasrullah, were abducted from Killa Saifullah district June 12, the Dawn reported.

Nasrullah's 12-year-old daughter Mapara broke down while narrating the ordeal of her grief-stricken family.

"There is mourning all the time at our house. Our eyes are always turned to the gate, waiting for our father to arrive," Mapara told Dawn.

A protest was organised in the provincial capital Quetta recently by doctors against the kidnapping.

So far, little progress has been made despite continuous protests.

For more than 40 days, the families of the abducted medical professionals have been trying to make their voices heard.

The government claims to have launched a search operation near a volatile tribal belt, but the authorities appear to be clueless about where the doctors are.

Mapara is not the only affected child. Many of the abducted doctors' children are taking part in the struggle for the recovery of their fathers.

"I want my father, I appeal to the government to do something for his recovery," said Rohail Khan, son of another kidnapped doctor, Anwar Shabozai.

The daily said a senior officer of the Frontier Corps paramilitary told reporters that the doctors have been set free and seven kidnappers apprehended.

But the doctors remain missing.

The paramilitary's statement resulted in false hope for Nasrullah's family.

"There was jubilation in our house when we came to know through the media that my father was recovered," Mapara told Dawn.

Her family has little to look forward to celebrating Eid, she said.

"We haven't bought clothes or anything else for Eid," Mapara said, explaining that it was her father who took them shopping.

Kidnapping for ransom has become an attractive source of income for gangs in Balochistan. Militants previously kidnapped well-known psychiatrist Ghulam Rasool and eye specialist Saeed Khan. They were released after hefty ransoms were paid, the daily said.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
1

Tweets

 
 
 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

School headmaster shot dead in Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Thursday killed the headmaster of a private school in Pakistan's Balochistan province.
 
 
Four more bodies recovered from sunken South Korean ship
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said.
 
 
Lesbian couple asked to desist in London restaurant
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A lesbian couple in a London restaurant was asked to desist by a staff member, who asked them to "stop what you are doing".
 
 
Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words
London, Dec 4 (IANS) 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to OxfordDictionaries.com, the free online dictionary, in its largest quarterly update so far.