The medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr. Muhammad Sarfraz, allegedly slapped a Christian paramedic staffer for not attending morning assembly. Following that, other paramedic staff reportedly went on strike, shutting down some of the hospital’s functions in protest.
This brought media attention to the policy.
A Christian staffer named Marshal told The Express Tribune the hospital administration was pressuring staff who joined in to leave their jobs.
“This act of the MS is a violation of the Constitution of Pakistan,” he said.
Some Muslim members of staff sided with the Christians. “It is professional workplace; I don’t know why the administration is forcing our Christian brothers to do this,” paramedical staffer Fahad Ahmed said. “This is totally unacceptable.”
A senior law-enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said extremism in hospitals is a growing issue.
“The issue of Mian Mir hospital is just a small manifestation and also serves as an alarm bell,” he said.