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YDA announces to call off strike after 15 days of protest

LAHORE: After 15 continuous days of strike and boycotting hospital duties, the Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Tuesday finally announced to call off their strike, following successful negotiations with the Punjab Government.

The young doctors are expected to resume their hospital duties from today onwards. This strike caused huge inconvenience to patients as there was a serious dearth of doctors to tend to them, all indoor, and emergency wards in state-run hospitals across Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan.

Their demands were A) to have the new provincial health secretary, Najam Ahmad Shah, removed from his position and B) the revocation of the Centralised Induction Policy (CIP), introduced by him.

Their argument was that the CIP is biased towards the graduates who’ve received their medical degrees from government colleges.

The YDA was invited by the Punjab Minister for Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique for negotiations last week, which have been successful according to reports.

Nawaz plans mass contact drive outside Punjab

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is planning to reach out to the party workers and office-bearers as a part of his mass contact drive in the provinces other than Punjab.

He is likely to choose Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as the first province for the purpose where his arch rival Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leads a coalition government.

A close aide to the disqualified PM told that Mr Sharif would visit Mansehra district to mobilise the PML-N supporters and meet the local party leadership.

The PML-N holds sway in Mansehra and adjoining Hindko speaking Hazara areas.

The aide said the Mansehra visit was most likely to be undertaken before Eidul Azha to keep up the momentum generated by the GT Road’s homecoming rally.

After Eid, he added, the former prime minister was planning to tour Balochistan and Sindh as well as south Punjab.

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