Pakistan charges 250 lawyers for treason in hospital assault

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On Dec 11, violent clash that erupted between hundreds of lawyers and doctors and left three patients dead when the charged lawyers stormed into the Punjab Institute of Cardiology and broke windows of the emergency ward and several vehicles parked nearby.

The incident drew nationwide condemnation and the Government said those linked to the violence would be tried in anti-terrorism courts and that maximum punishment would be sought for them. "Hospitals are not attacked even when there is a war but today lawyers attacked a hospital and caused problems for the patients", he said.

Photo A police auto was burned down during the violent clashes.

Television reports showed some of the lawyers armed with handguns while riot police fired tear gas to try to quell the mob.

A group of more than 200 lawyers, who had ongoing issues with the doctors of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, stormed the hospital, vandalising property and damaging dozens of vehicles of visitors and setting ablaze a police van, Rashid said.

Earlier in the day, an FIR of the incident was registered in the Shadman Police Station under the anti-terrorism act and other charges including unlawful assembly.

It wasn't immediately clear how numerous charged 250 lawyers are in custody.

"We have arrested some lawyers".

Additional police forces were deployed on Thursday to the hospital as the staff went on a partial strike, demanding harsh action against all those who had attacked the hospital.

Photo Police used tear gas to disperse mob of about 500 angry lawyers.

The lawyers claim they were enraged by alleged misbehaviour by some of the doctors at the state-owned hospital toward one of their colleagues last month. He also stated that he only wanted a peaceful protest and wanted to initiate legal action against the doctors who were allegedly involved in the attack.



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