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Threats by Extortionists Force Many Doctors to Flee Pakistan

by Savitha C Muppala on January 24, 2011 at 10:55 PM
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 Threats by Extortionists Force Many Doctors to Flee  Pakistan

A recent report has revealed that medical professionals in Pakistan are facing death threats from extortionists on a regular basis, if they did not meet their demands.

In recent months, nearly 10 medics have lost their life in target killings in the country. Nearly 50 medicos have gone into hiding following such threats to their lives. According to data, 85 Doctors have been shot dead in targeted attacks in Pakistan since 2000.

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The Pakistan Medical Association has revealed that it has received many reports about doctors shutting down their clinics and escaping from the place.

"It is not a very good situation for those belonging to the medical profession because doctors need security and peace of mind to work in their profession," Habib Soomro a PMA official said. "They are 50 or more such doctors who fearing for their lives at the hands of gangsters are running from pillar to post for protection," Soomro said.



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