Archive for February, 2013

Khushnood Ali Sheikh

Senior journalist Khushnood Ali Sheikh of the Associated Press of Pakistan was killed in a hit and run accident in Karachi Monday although some circles said he was targeted.

 

The scene of the incident was Gulistan-e-Johar, where Khushnood purchased a house last year. Reports said just a few weeks after moving in, he received a note congratulating him on the purchase and demanding Rs50,000.

 

The note was followed by a phone call made to him by unknown men who threatened him of dire consequences if the amount demanded was not paid.

 

Considering the level of threat, he moved to Islamabad. However, he had returned to Karachi only 10 days ago after staying in the capital for about six months, his colleagues said.

 

The Karachi Union of Journalists has called for an immediate probe into Khushnood’s death.

 

Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi

Commissioner Karachi Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi today (22nd Feb) took over charge as KMC Administrator and met with the heads of various KMC departments in his office at Civic Centre. He enquired about the performance of departments and issued necessary directives on different matters.

Karachi elite flying abroad due to unrest

After the flight of resources, elites of the city have also starting going abroad. A club situated in Defence has found that 30 percent of its members, mostly rich people, have gone abroad over the past eight months. The club found this development while investigating why its monthly income has dropped by Rs700,000-800,000. The report mentions that 1,380 of its members have informed them via email and other sources that they have shifted abroad.

It said 90 percent of the 1,380 members have gone to the UAE and others to the US and Canada. It says many of the club members reside in Karachi but have shifted their families outside the city.Upon questioning, residents of the posh area say they are fed up with the unrest and are disappointed at the government’s failure to maintain peace in the city. (Sohail Afzal-The News)

 

Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has unanimously condemned and rejected the idea to start evening classes in medical colleges in the country.

In a joint press conference, the leaders of PMA and PIMA warned the government that if unjustified scheme of evening classes was not dropped, the doctors’ fraternity would knock the doors of the court.

PMA Secretary General Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, PIMA President Dr Misbahul Aziz, PMA Treasurer Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad, and PMA Karachi President Dr Idrees Adhi spoke on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Azhar said that the medics of the country would not tolerate any unprofessional and unethical medical education as this kind of medical education did not exist anywhere in the world.

He said that the PMDC, violating the ethics, had again started to organize the evening classes at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, adding that the initiating of evening classes will cause injustice to the medical students and the patients.

He informed that advertisement had also been given in the newspaper for the recruitment of faculty members in basic medical sci

ence.

“There are financial interests of some people, working in the PMDC, behind the idea of starting evening classes in medical colleges; hence the said idea resurfaced during one year despite it was abandoned after the resistance from PMA,” he added. Expressing grave concern, he said that once this idea was adopted by any public sector medical college, then all private sector medical colleges will jump into the arena and start evening classes at their institutions to earn maximum profit. Dr Azhar said that it was matter of concern for the medical community that how Dr Asim Hussain, who was working as member of the PMDC and Vice President of the Council, was also serving as advisor to PM on Petroleum. He reminded that same idea to start evening classes in some public sector medical colleges was first floated in the year 2011 and then LUHS VC was supposed to give p

resentation at the 118th meeting of PMDC, which was to be held on April, 3, 2011, but the PMAPMA called an emergent press conference on March 18, 2011 and opposed the idea. He said the PMA once again called a press conference on April 1, 2011 and called for the help from civil society to come forward and make an effort with the PMA to stop this exercise.

As a result, he said, the voice chancellor of LUMHS declined to give the presentation in this regard. Dr Azhar said that the issue once again came to surface in June 2011. According to the plan, he said, the 119th meeting was called on July 5, 2011 and the PMA again called a press conference on August 7, 2011 to challenge the managers of the PMDC to refrain from going to adopt this resolution and the PMA threatened to go for litigation against the PMDC in this regard and the plan was shelved.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Misbahul Aziz said that every private medical college was required to have at least 500-bed hospital but there were only 15 to 16 per cent private colleges abiding the rules of the medical education.

He claimed that anyone could open a medical college just after giving Rs60 million on account of bribe to the department concerned.

Expressing deep concern over PMDC’s performance, Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad said that the Council should perform as autonomous body, while part time and ad-hoc systems should immediately be removed. He said that names of all medical colleges were not on the official website of PCMD, which shows there is some malpractice in the council, he said

Dr Idrees Adhi said that the grave side effects of the products of evening medical colleges will ultimately be suffered by the people of the this country.

“We as a stake holder have very serious concern about this developing situation, as we think that the medical education in the country, which is already in crisis, will further lose its charm and dignity. At this particular time and moment there is no single evening medical college around the globe,” he added.

The leaders of the both the associations resolved that the PMA, the PIMA and all sister organizations of the medical community were united on this issue and they will challenge the idea of opening of evening medical colleges in the court.

The doctors’ fraternity urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo-motu action against the act of the authorities concerned so that the idea of evening medical colleges could be shelved. Other members of PMA and PIMA were also present on the occasion. (Nation)