HRCP report on hospital attack: Case against Dasti, others ‘fabricated’
MUZAFFARGARH: A fact-finding inquiry team of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has said the terror case against PPP MNA Jamshed Ahmad Dasti and other Pakistan People’s Party workers in a mob attack on the District Headquarters Hospital is fabricated.
The team findings obtained by Dawn also say that the case against the two doctors in the death of Khalid was illegal because no proof was presented to the team by the police or the victim’s family that doctors had “murdered him intentionally”.
The HRCP fact-finding team from Multan visited Muzaffargarh and met civil society, doctors, police, traders, family of deceased Khalid Majeed, lawyers and the district administration last month.
Riots erupted in the city on May 23 after the death of photographer Khalid Majeed at the hospital, and the case was picked up by the national media because of the mob attack on the DHQ Hospital doctors in the presence of MNA Jamshed Dasti.
The report says Khalid was a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz worker, and in the by-election he had supported Nawabzada Iftikhar Ahmad Khan, a candidate backed by the PML-N.
“This shows that Dasti and PPP workers have been implicated in the case.”
It says no doctor or police officials present at the scene said Dasti had attacked any doctor or instigated the mob to do so.
The report further says Qasim Majeed and Rashid Majeed, the brothers of Khalid Majeed, and other members of their family had pelted the doctors with stones and partially damaged the hospital building, but no medical equipment was destroyed.
The report said Anjuman Tajran President Ameer Hasan, who belonged to the PML-N, had got the city shuttered down against the death of Khalid and the traders were present when the hospital was damaged.
However, it said, none of the traders was nominated in the case.
The report also said the provincial government was using the health department and the police against the Pakistan People’s Party workers and Dasti.