BZU sexual harassment probe | CPSP convocation
Yet another probe into sexual harassment
Multan, Aug 18, 2008: The Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) syndicate has
formed yet another committee to probe the alleged sexual harassment of two
psychology department female students.
The syndicate appointed Lahore
High Court Justice Khalid Alvi, also a syndicate member, and Dr G.A. Meyana,
former Gomal University vice chancellor, committee members to hear the alleged
harassment of victims on Aug 25, BZU vice chancellor Muhammad Zaffarullah
It will be a third inquiry into the allegations of two clinical
psychology students, who say that on May 23 when they were attempting their
paper, a female teacher summoned them to her office on charges of
They alleged that four women teachers forced them to take off
their clothes for body search and asked them to "please" a male
Earlier, a two-member committee, consisting of Dr Humaira Arif
Dasti and Dr Zahida Tassawur, looked into the matter but the complainants
boycotted the proceedings, which forced the university to make another
four-member inquiry team, consisting of Dr G.R. Pasha, Dr Sikandar Hayat, Sahr
Khalil and Dr Khwaja Alqama. The body submitted its findings to the vice
chancellor on July 1.
A syndicate member seeking anonymity said the
report of the four-member committee was presented in the meeting but the
administration tried to hush up the matter.
The complainants said they
would present all evidences to the new committee. Dawn
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College of Physicians and Surgeons convocation:
Lahore: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will not spare anyone who had
violated the constitution and committed corruption for eight years, said Chief
Minister and PML-N President Mian Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday. He said there was
no possibility that his party would give a safe exit to President Pervez
Shahbaz was talking to reporters after attending the 42nd
convocation of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) at
Aiwan-e-Iqbal. Replying to a question, he said that he did not know about any
move by the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leadership regarding a safe exit for
the president instead an impeachment him. He said Pakistanis would never forgive
those who had caused harm to the country.
Healthcare top priority:
During the convocation, the CM said that providing better healthcare
facilities to the people was at the top of his government's priority list. He
criticised the previous government for its 'corruption' and for making the
Health Department "almost dysfunctional". He said his government had witnessed a
Health Department "with deteriorated professional standards" and which did not
focus on the patients' satisfaction.
Shahbaz said he had seen that
Pakistani doctors in Saudi Arabia, the US and the UK were considered the of
among their profession. However, he added, that commitment is lacking in the
medical professionals of Pakistan. The CM urged doctors to put extra efforts to
provide relief to the country's poor people. He said that their profession was
the noblest in the world and promised that the provincial government would
always be at their service.
Dialysis centres: Shahbaz said the
government was spending Rs 540 million to restore kidney and dialysis centres in
different hospitals that had been shut down by the previous government. He said
the government was planning to provide free medication at all hospitals and had
launched a massive operation against spurious drugs.
He said the
government had ended the self-finance system in medical colleges to promote
professionalism on the basis of merit. He said his government wanted to produce
doctors, nurses and paramedics who would serve their fields with a missionary
zeal, especially in remote areas.
CPSP President Prof Dr Zafarullah
Chaudhry said his institute was producing postgraduate medical professionals
with limited resources and without accepting financial help from the government
or non-governmental organisations.
Doctors want to return: Dr
Chaudhry said there were more than 7,000 postgraduate doctors abroad who wanted
to start their specialisation in Pakistan, but the CPSP did not have adequate
resources to cater to them because it was already training thousands of doctors
in the country. He asked the government to help upgrade the college, as the
number of medical practitioners was constantly increasing.
At the end of
the convocation, the CM and CPSP administrators awarded gold medals to high
achievers. Dr Asifa Dian, a post-graduate doctor with a score of 72.33 percent
in General Surgery from Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi, was awarded the Prof
Zafarullah Chaudhry Medal. Dr Bushra Khan, a specialist in Obstetrics and
Gynaecology with a score of 76 percent, was awarded the Prof Rashid Latif Khan
Medal. Dr Koukab Gulzar, who scored 71 percent in Dermatology, was awarded the
Prof Tahir Saeed Medal.
The CM announced a fourth medal for Rajanpur
Executive District Officer (Health) Dr Shahnaz for her services in providing
healthcare to flood victims. The CPSP Fellowship was awarded to another 442
students. Daily Times
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KEMU stops salaries of foreign doctors
Lahore: King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has stopped salaries of around
two dozen foreign national postgraduate trainee doctors working in various
departments of the Mayo Hospital, besides asking them to stop working till
These doctors who became victim of the KEMU policy, belong to
Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Iran, Palestine, and other
countries of the Middle East.
They got admissions in KEMU giving preference
to the said institute to the medical institutes of the other countries. Before
joining KEMU, the doctors had gone through all the process of admission that
also included the admission fee of Rs 100,000 each, it was learnt.
When contacted for comments on the issue, Medical Superintendent of
the Mayo Hospital Dr Zaffar Ikram confirmed the decision of stopping foreign
national PG trainee doctors' salaries. He said that the hospital management had
requested the KEMU committee to review its decision. He hoped that efforts were
in progress and the doctors would be paid soon.
A university source told The
Nation that a committee constituted by the KEMU management that comprised of
some professors has recommended immediate stoppage of salaries of only foreign
national PG trainee doctors. The committee in its recommendations asked the Mayo
Hospital administration to immediately ensure implementation on the
recommendations till further orders.
The MS, when asked about the
'objections' raised in the recommendations that led to the stoppage of salaries
especially of the foreign doctors, said that he was unaware of the
Around a year ago the said doctors had cleared the entry test
exams for Doctor of Medicine (MD) and were discharging their duties for around
12 hours almost daily in different wards besides joining their classes
Meanwhile, the foreign doctors have termed the decision a 'cruel
act' on the part of the KEMU committee saying that it is a serious violation of
human rights. They said that this decision would damage image of not only the
university but also of Pakistan in the world. No foreign doctor will think of
taking admission in Pakistan's any medical institute, their many other
colleagues had earlier left their jobs and gone back to their countries when the
KEMU stopped their salaries in the past, they maintained.
A PG trainee doctor
Sandev who came from Nepal said that the KEMU did not inform the
foreign nationals about the reasons to stop their salaries. Sandev said that as
he and his other foreign colleagues did not have alternate source of income, it
would be almost impossible for them to continue their further stay in Pakistan
if their salaries were not released.
He has appealed to the Punjab government
to immediately intervene to resolve the issue of their salaries otherwise all
the foreign doctors would go on strike from Monday. The Nation
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Cathedral School, Hall Road Distinction
This year again, the Cathedral School, Hall Road, produced an
excellent result in the O' Level examination held in June. Three students of the
school, Faris Ali Qazi, Haider Tariq and Muhammad Ali Ahsan got 9 A's each. Ali
Ashraf Kareemi, Hamza Naveed, Hajira Iftikhar and Syeda Mariam Hussian secured 8
A's. Bishop of Lahore Alexander John Malik, Lahore Diocesan Board of Examination
Chairman KM Roy and Principal Mrs P Samuel have congratulated the students,
their parents and teachers. The News
"Congratulation to our teachers and whole faculty, i am a proud alumni of cathedral school hall road (1995)."
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