Doctors Dissatisfied With KP Minister’s Derogatory Remarks, Celebrate ‘Pakora’ Day
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa information minister’s response to his ‘pakora’ remarks has failed to placate KP’s doctors, who celebrated ‘pakora day’ on Wednesday.
Doctors in KP have been protesting since weeks following a legislation which has been deemed as a ‘privitisation of public sector hospitals’.
On Tuesday, KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai in his talks to media stated that the credit for appointing so many doctors should go to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. In a comment that has been widely criticised, he stated that previously these doctors used to sell ‘pakoras’ in Khyber Bazaar.
He further added that the PTI government had given jobs to about four to five thousand doctors after coming to power.
The minister’s comments received widespread criticism on social media. A doctor took to Twitter to express his outrage over the ‘arrogant nature and derogatory remarks’ of the minister.
Look at the arrogance and derogatory remarks of info minister kp. Look at his gestures and facial expression.
We doctors consider ourselves MAZDOOR, and we are proud of it.@SaleemKhanSafi @UmarCheema1 @_Mansoor_Ali @DocMZK @HamidMirPAK @Uma_Shafiq2 pic.twitter.com/XrIfXHAxb4
— Dr Faisal Khan (@Dr_faisal_khan) October 1, 2019
The information minister was forced to offer a clarification for his comments. In a video message posted on Facebook, he said he did not want to demean doctors and he was talking in the context of their unemployment, and that there had been cases of doctors selling ‘pakoras’ in protest.
Journalist Talat Hussain expressed his criticism of Shaukat Yousafzai and called it ‘arrogance of incompetence’.
This arrogance of incompetence; this contempt for others dignity. Astounding. pic.twitter.com/mjkibUTF8v
— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) October 1, 2019
Seemingly dissatisfied with the minister’s answers, doctors in KP celebrated ‘pakora’ day in protest of the minister’s comments.
Social media was rife with rather comical pictures of doctors eating ‘pakoras’ and putting plates on their head.
Drs celebrating Pakora Day after KP Information Minister statement about Drs selling Pakoray pic.twitter.com/jVQg8rJM7N
— Waqas Ali Khan (@WAKhan_) October 2, 2019
Another user took to Twitter to wish people a happy ‘pakora’ day.
— Mazhar Qasaab (@ma_zh_ar) October 3, 2019
The strange protest follows a bloody protest last week, in which several had been injured and doctors had announced a strike across the province’s public hospitals. Fifteen doctors were also arrested and sent to Mardan Central Jail.