SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has urged the government to reinstate its president Dr Nisar ul Hassan immediately else they “are left with no option but to shut down hospitals across the valley”.
An official statement issued here said a meeting of executive members was held on November 14 at sub-district hospital Kupwara in which reinstatement of DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan – who was suspended in May 2014 “for exposing spurious drug scandal in Kashmir” – was sought.
On the occasion, Dr Nisar said he was “victimised” for “highlighting the illegal trade of spurious drugs in Kashmir to which many precious lives were lost”.
“In 2013, DAK unearthed a big spurious drug scam,” he informed while addressing the members in the meeting.
In this connection, he said, DAK filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the state high court in which many people are facing prosecution. He said his endeavours in this regard should have been applauded, but “instead false and frivolous cases were fabricated against (me)”.
“It is not only (my) responsibility but duty to stand against the crimes committed on the society. It is his inherent right as a doctor and as a citizen to inform and sensitise the general masses of people about the insidious machination of the powers that be,” Dr Nisar said.
Vice-President DAK Dr Mir Mohd Iqbal termed the continued suspension of Dr Nisar as “unjustified and illegal”. “His suspension has given untold sufferings to his family and patients who were under his treatment and follow up,” he said.
Senior executive member of DAK Dr Maqbool said Dr Nisar’s suspension should be immediately revoked so that he resumes his duties that are direly needed for his patients.
DAK spokesperson Dr Riyaz Ahmad Daga said “the drug mafia is trying every means to sabotage reinstatement of Dr Nisar. They are spreading canard and trying their best to create a wedge among doctors”.
“Each and every doctor is united under the banner of DAK and demand(s) reinstatement of their president earnestly,” he said.