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YDA enraged at termination of doctor over abusing, threatening woman on social media

Dawn.com | Imran GabolUpdated 18 Sep 2020
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Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab chapter's president Salman Habib on Friday railed against the government and health authorities after a medical professional was terminated for allegedly abusing and threatening a female medical student on social media.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Habib said that the YDA "will not allow [anyone] to steal a person's livelihood".
"There is no place for indecent, ideologically bankrupt people. They will not be allowed to attack [medical] professionals, remember that," he said.
Habib also criticised Azhar Mashwani, Punjab chief minister's focal person for digital media, who took notice of the tweets posted by the woman, identified in her Twitter profile as Maryam, and informed her that the provincial health ministry had taken action against the professional who hurled abuse and threats.
Earlier this week, Maryam posted screenshots of multiple tweets, which she said were posted by a medical officer who worked in Lahore General Hospital and included "sexually violent remarks". The tweets were allegedly posted in response to a picture posted by Maryam of a protest against the recent gang-rape incident on Lahore-Sialkot motorway.

She said that she had filed a complaint against the officer. A day later, Mashwani responded to her tweet saying he had been "informed by Punjab Health Department that action has been taken against him!"

According to a press statement issued by YDA today, the doctor was terminated "due to a complaint by PTI social media female warrior".
The press release stated that action against the doctor was taken "without hearing him" and giving him a chance to defend himself before authorities.
"We are living in a democracy where everyone should get freedom of speech," the statement read. "However, PTI officials didn't issue any notice or didn't involve cybercrime cell and heard both parties."
The statement went on to say that the group "never accept(s) or support(s) abusive behaviour especially against females" and demanded that both parties, "a doctor of LGH and PTI social media warrior" should be heard by the cyber crime cell before a decision is made.
Following the termination of the officer, Habib went on a Twitter tirade against Maryam and Mashwani. Yesterday, in one of the tweetsdirected towards Maryam, he said: "Shame on this lady. If you cant handle social media fight why u start (sic)."


In another tweet posted today, he said: "I have not supported the abusive language of my doctor. Both the parties did wrong. Provoking heated arguments, abusing and using slang is all shameful as a society but no support for the termination of a doctor on media trend."

 

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YDA is just B team of Noon league. Always lovely to see them shouting and protesting against some supposed 'injustice'. Long may it continue.
 

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YDA is nothing but mafia hence should be dealt as such. Either they should behave like doctor or they can go screw themselves. I remember when my daughter was sick i had to urgently take her to Civil hospital in middle of the night. Al doctor were young and level of humiliation we faced at their hands was enough to never ever set foot in that hospital again. My daughter was having breathing difficulty and that emergency doctors refused to check her just because they were having a burger party while all the patients many of them critical were looking at them with hopelessness. Doctors in Pakistan are fuckiing butchers not saviors. When i reported the incident at citizenship portal app i started receiving threatening call and random pamphlets at my home with YDA messages written on them.
 

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YDA is just B team of Noon league. Always lovely to see them shouting and protesting against some supposed 'injustice'. Long may it continue.
Go cheez apkai agenda mai fit nahi hoti uskk ap aram sai N league ka tag laga do.
 

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Threatening someone or abusing is not at all acceptable. Especially those who are professionals. It seems like YDA is a political party. Its not a professional body.

At the same time twitter is becoming a lynch mob and selective morality vigilante. Its not acceptable someone loses a job due to online abuse. The doctor should have been reprimanded and put on notice. He should have been told to explain.

Both of these actions are not acceptable.
 

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