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Kunduz doctors rally, boycott duty in protest

Kunduz doctors rally, boycott duty in protest

Jan 21, 2017 - 16:55

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of doctors and health officials on Saturday boycotted duty and threatened widespread protests if their security was not ensured following the kidnapping of a doctor’s son in northern Kunduz province.

The protesting doctors and health officials had gathered at the Kunduz Zonal Hospital and demanded the provincial government provide them security.

Latif Sharifi, one of the doctors, said families of health officials were not safe. He said the doctor’s son who was kidnapped 10 days ago remained missing and no attention was paid to his recovery.

He asked the government to ensure security of health official otherwise they would boycott duty for the next 48 hours.

Police Chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamidi said a separate security team had been tasked with securing release of the kidnapped boy. He said some development had been made in the case but he would not share details of that with the media at the moment.

He said staging protest was a democratic right of every citizen, urged doctors to end their protest keeping in mind importance of their work and problems the people faced.