Death Toll rises in Lawyers terrifying attack on Punjab Institute of Cardiology Lahore
LAHORE -Death Toll rises in Lawyers terrifying attack on Punjab Institute of Cardiology Lahore.
Atleast nine patients are believed to have died as a result of the violence at the government-run hospital in Lahore.
According to eyewitness accounts, including relatives of those who died as a result of the lawyers actions at the hospital premises, lawyers actively attempted to cut off life support systems for patients and damaged hospital equipment.
A woman, Bushra Bibi, was among the deceased. Her son and brother confirmed her death to media personnel during the clash between the lawyers and doctors.
It is believed that the number of deceased could increase, as when lawyers entered hospital wards, all medical staff attempted to evacuate the building.
Lawyers also attacked the Punjab provincial minister, Fayyaz Chauhan, and a reporter of a private media outlet, Kinza Malik.
According to Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, 40 lawyers have since been arrested by the police. On Twitter, she writes: "Absolutely horrifying that those who are supposed to act in accordance with the law chose to become terrorists when they attacked PIC in Lahore killing patients in the process."