A gaggle of international medical graduates surrounded the Pakistan Medical Commission constructing in Islamabad on Wednesday to protest its transfer to blacklist a lot of international universities.
“The future of foreign qualified medical students is at stake because of the decisions being made by the PMC,” mentioned one protester on the venue.
The protesters mentioned they fail to grasp why these universities have been blacklisted regardless of being verified by the World Health Organisation.
The movement of visitors on close by roads was disrupted because of the protest, which escalated because the day progressed. The protesters reportedly hurled stones on the police after which water cannons have been used to disperse them.
The police additionally arrested the chairman of Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG) group and a few medical doctors who have been among the many protesters. They have been later let go, based on the Islamabad deputy commissioner.
Talks have been held between the FMG and the PMC, mentioned the deputy commissioner, including that the PMC has “agreed to accept all valid demands”.
A second spherical of talks will happen at 2pm tomorrow.
Protesters cut up into factions
In a late night time improvement, the protesters cut up into two factions, with one asserting it’s calling off the demonstration.
The different faction, which continued to protest, additionally began elevating slogans towards their colleagues that had chosen to cease demonstrating.
“We will not budge from here till our demands are met,” shouted the nonetheless protesting medical doctors.
Blocked freeway later reopens for visitors
Owing to the protest, the Srinagar Highway remained blocked for many a part of the day however was later cleared for visitors.
The organisers of the protest determined to proceed their demonstration restricted solely to the PMC gate.
“If the PMC administration do not agree to our demands by the morning, we will undertake a more stringent course of action,” they mentioned.