Photo by Nabi Jan Orakzai

PESHAWAR, 23 July: Traders and shopkeepers on Saturday staged a protest demonstration against the administration of Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) for raising a brick wall in one of the gates of the hospital.

The protesters mostly owners of medicine shops, gathered outside the LHR premises to record their protest. They objected to the administration move to close the Asamai gate, saying it would ruin their business.

“With the closure of the gate, the patients flow will be diverted to other gates and nobody will come to this side to purchase medicine or other necessary items. It will not only affect our businesses but also put patients and their attendants in trouble as they will have to take long routes to get to the market,” said Fayaz Mohibullah, president of the shopkeepers union.

He said they had a detailed meeting with the hospital administration but the concerned officials failed to address their reservations.

“They say they have been directed by the top management but could not show us any written orders in this regard,” he said.

When contacted, LRH spokesman Zulfiqar Babakhel said the decision to close the gate was taken due to security reasons and to minimize traffic rush and jamming of road. He further said that a court of law had also vindicated the decision.