PMDC fake medical registration scam
PM&DC scam: FIA arrests accountant to save top guns
Islamabad, June 21: The fake medical registration scam at the Pakistan Medical and Dental
Council (PM&DC) took a new turn on Sunday when the FIA, in a bid to find an
escape goat, arrested an accountant Mohammad Ismail who had unearthed the scam
by providing documentary evidence to the FIA inquiry team.
sources of the arrested accountant, the father of four small children, have
accused vice president PM&DC Dr Asim Hussain (a personal friend of President
Asif Zardari) of using his political clout to get him arrested because Ismail
had provided all the details of this scam during the initial inquiry conducted
by FIA Inspector Zafar Mahmood Sheikh.
Ismail earned the wrath of the
top guns after he pointed out that the real sister of Dr Asim Hussain, in her
capacity as member of PM&DC inspection committee, had been approving certain
private medical colleges for affiliation with the PM&DC.
owns a private medical college in Karachi and, because of his friendship with
President Asif Zardari, has managed to capture the top slot of PM&DC and is
now calling the shots despite having clear conflict of interest with the
The FIA came into action after the top guns of the PM&DC
were informed that Mohammad Ismail would appear before Justice Ejaz Ahmed of
Lahore High Court (Rawalpindi court) on Monday (today) where he had filed a case
against his dismissal from the service on charges of involvement in the scam.
He had challenged these allegations, as the FIA inquiry report had not
found evidence of his involvement in the scam. He was picked up from his home by
Iqbal Qasmi on the orders of Director FIA Hanif Joya.
part of this scam is that Mohammad Ismail was an accountant in the PM&DC but
was given the charge of registration branch by the Registrar. After Pakistan
ambassador to one of the Central Asian States wrote a letter to the Foreign
Office about the fake degrees of some students who were given registration
certificates, Ismail identified about two-dozen cases of bogus registration. In
his absence, the official files from his office were taken away after breaking
the locks and to date those files remain missing.
Ismail was cleared by
the inquiry report compiled by FIA inspector Zafar Sheikh. The inspector had
instead recommended action against Registrar PM&DC Dr Major Ahmed Nadeem
Akbar and also asked for putting his name on the ECL.
Zafar Sehikh had
accused the registrar of not providing official record of the files containing
the names of those who were issued fake degrees. But instead of taking action on
his report, Zafar Sheikh was asked to stop work on the scam and report at the
FIA headquarters. Sheikh is now posted at the FIA headquarters and is paying the
price for making recommendation, which were not appreciated by his superiors in
This correspondent tried to contact Zafar Sheikh but he refused
to take the telephone call, perhaps under instructions from his bosses to keep
Meanwhile, talking from Larkana Dr Asim Hussain said
he did not have anything to do with all this. "I am fed up with all this and
don't want to get involved in this mess", he said, adding: "I have already told
the president PM&DC to take control of the affairs. I am only its vice
president", he said.
When told that he was being accused of playing a
major role in getting Ismail arrested, he said the concerned person was already
dismissed from service and was in appeal against the PM&DC.
was told that FIA inquiry report had recommended action against Registrar
PM&DC, he did not know about it. Dr Asim said he did not get the copy of the
report. He said he had tried to get the copy but could not get it. Upon this,
this correspondent offered him to provide the official inquiry report of FIA to
help him understand the nature of whole scam, if he thought he did not know
Dr Asim first denied that his sister was working in the
PM&DC. But when told that Dr Rubina was part of the PM&DC inspection
team, which gave clearance to private medical colleges for affiliation with the
PM&DC, he admitted that she was his sister. Dr Asim said he had several
doctors in the family and this did not mean that they could not do jobs
anywhere. Dr Asim said he did not have anything to do with these things that
were being reported in the media. The news
"Kindly forward these comments to the FIA concerned people for saving the future of 100 medical students who had been put to severe mental, financial and physical torture at the Jinnah Medical College, Peshawar. The actual accused in the scam is the Registrar of PM&DC Dr. Nadeem Akbar and his group. This person had mede money deal with the owner of Jinnah Medical College, Peshawar and get it recognised on fake presentation whereas the college has been opened in a four bedrooms rented house and its hostels are also rented. There is no teachers, laboratories, library and other necessary tools that are required for MBBS study. Rs. 6,00,000 to Rs. 10,00,000 were being charged from the students annually. Dr. Nadeem was associated by Dr. Israr of Muhammad Medical College who was principal and head of physiology department at the Jinnah Medical Collge, peshawar and was sent to inspect the JMC for recognition. According to informed sources Dr. Nadeem had been given about Rs. 10 million on the recognition. The JMC owner Dr. Ishaq also pays a regular payment to Dr. Nadeem and his group on his efforts to recognise the college on fake presentation given to the so-called PM&DC inspection team."
Name: Dr Rukhsana Aziz
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Old bookstalls continue to attract people
Rawalpindi: The stalls of old books, set up on weekends on footpaths of the Saddar area, continue to attract book
readers despite the skyrocketing prices of daily use items. The book reading
habit in Pakistan did not develop mainly due to high illiteracy rate and high
cost of books, but Rawalpindi has a unique and years old book market that is
held on every Sunday. This market provides books to people in excellent
condition at much cheaper rates. The main customers not only include the
students, but also people belonging to different fields of life.
People from the
twin cities can buy, sell or even exchange books at much affordable prices in
this market. Hundreds of bookstalls are set up for last many years on the
footpaths of Kashmir Road, Bank Road and Haider Road on every Sunday. These
stalls offer thousands of secondhand books in English and Urdu languages on each
and every subject including literature, fiction, biographies, criminology,
encyclopedias, medical, engineering, accounting, law, healthcare, science and
technology, history, religion, philosophy, interior decoration, cooking,
curriculum books, dictionaries, digests, magazines and even periodicals. These
books are available at much cheaper price as compared to new ones. During a
visit to the market, it was found that the prices of the books ranged
between Rs 20 to Rs 1,000. Many students and people form different walks of life
were visiting different stalls to find books of their interest.
Talking to this
scribe, the customers, particularly students said the market was not less than a
paradise for them as they could get cheap and good books from this place at
affordable prices. However, some people complained that the stallholders were
demanding high prices than they expected. Mudassar, a stallholder, said they
were paying Rs 200 weekly to the officials of cantonment board for setting up
their stalls on the footpaths. Tariq, another stallholder said they usually
bought books at 25 percent of the total price of the book and sell at half
price. Daily times
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A night with Comsats astronomical society
Islamabad: The invitation by the Asian Study Group (ASG) to 'Come star
hopping on a clear night with astronomers from Comsats Astronomical Society and
peep into the history of time!' was too irresistible to miss out on and it
turned out to be well worth the effort of finding the venue and waiting for the
multi-media system to be fixed for sound.
The fascinating documentary
about the origins of the moon and a look through state of the art Meade and
Televue telescopes at the night sky, helped those who attended the function -
men, women and children - have an interesting evening of discovery.
event was held at the Comsats Institute of Information Technology, which is
still working on expanding its campus. It was a little surprising to see the
arrangement had been made outdoors - somehow most members thought it would be in
an auditorium with the telescopes placed on a terrace or some such structure!
But as Nasreen Sultana, the lady who organised the programme and is a member of
the society (Not yet registered) explained, the full facilities are not yet in
place and since she had wanted to have the programme since many months, they
planned to go ahead. There are many aspects involved in arranging such a
programme she told - a moon; a clear sky; no sudden change in weather and so on
and after many attempts at last the time seemed opportune - which it was!
Light coming from the star-studded night sky has fascinated and
captivated mankind since it originated billions of light years ago, while the
moon has been a symbol of love and romance in the eyes of poets and romantics.
It was a bit disappointing to learn that despite its glamorous image, the moon
is a very dangerous place - the NASA documentary gave a clear and very
fascinating account of how the moon came into being and how it affects our
world. But it has to be said, it was wonderful to sit under the clear sky, with
a gentle breeze blowing and the half moon shining in all its glory - it made the
evening special. After a late start the member briefly explained what the
programme was about, the documentary was screened and then members were invited
to look through the telescopes - it was exciting to see the moon as it is shown
in the documentary, full of craters and very desolate.
are not only informative they also open our eyes to the wonders of the world and
though we can watch documentaries while sitting in the comfort of our homes,
there is something about watching them with friends and acquaintances that adds
a certain something to make it an out of the ordinary occasion. And the
discussions that follow later give different perspectives and ideas, which are
helpful in understanding the topic, especially if you are totally clueless about
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Education should be accessible to all: CIIT registrar
Islamabad: Extremism is on the rise in the country as there are fewer
opportunities for young people in the education sector. Militants provide youth
money, weapons and power for their nefarious designs, which are not available to
them otherwise, said Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT)
Registrar Dr. Arshad S. Malik during an interview.
lamented the inaccessibility to education in general and higher education in
particular and said that the access to higher education is even less than two
per cent contradictory to government statistics, which says it is five per cent.
"One need not to be a rocket scientist in order to understand the devastating
impact of budget cut in education sector, especially public sector universities,
which do not have any other way of funding except for government funds," he
Malik said that the double digit inflation was currently prevailing
in the country, which is likely to be increased in the coming years so how would
it be possible to run higher education institutions with a massive budget cut
every year. "We cannot increase fee structures, as it would be unfair to those
who are already finding it hard to pay, but what we are thinking right now is to
request those who could afford to pay more," he said.
He also mentioned
various scholarships from their endowment fund through, which they were
providing free education to the needy people. "No one would be denied admission
in our institution merely on the basis of inability to pay. Once a student is on
merit, we will try to find financial assistance for them," he
Terming it important to introduce new subjects, which are according
to the international trends and improve the quality of education, he said that
their university has recently introduced 'dual degree programme' in
collaboration with the Lancaster University, UK. "Initially we have introduced
Computer Science (CS), Management Science (MS) and Electrical Engineering (EE)
where the monitoring and assessment would be done by the Lancaster University
while the student would receive two degrees i.e. Comsats and Lancaster
University," he added.
Malik also highlighted the importance of spreading
the reach of higher education to the rural areas and mentioned their university
as the pioneer in doing so. "We have opened our campuses at Sahiwal, Vehari,
Attock, Wah, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Abbottabad in order to provide higher
education facilities to the youth of these areas as well," he said.
also mentioned their plan to open campuses at Balochistan and Sindh where they
are still seeking land. "Opening campus in small cities requires more land as it
should have residency for faculty and students," he said.
education inevitable for country growth he said that it was an unfortunate fact
that number of girls in higher education was still very low as compared to boys.
"In our university we used to have 12 per cent female and rest male when we
started in 2000, but now we are having 20 per cent female, which is also not
satisfactory percentage," he said.
Malik said that HEC was having a
misleading figure regarding the female percentage in higher education sector, as
according to HEC there were 46 per cent of female and 54 per cent male in higher
education. According to him the female percentage in higher education would be
no more than 15 percent. "The number of female students is far greater than male
in medical and nursing where females are more than 80 percent while in rest of
the fields the situation is not very encouraging," he said.
He said that
they were planning to open their campus in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa while keeping in
mind the cultural sensitivity. "We have developed a concept "all women campus"
during day time which would be turned into 'all male campus' in evening so that
women from these areas would be having no problem in acquiring higher
education," he said.
He further mentioned the importance of technical
education and said that now the trend has changed from resource based economy to
knowledge-based economy so concrete measures should be taken to promote
technical education in the country. "We intend to introduce V tech degree but
since we are higher education institution we are not ought to do this however
there is always room for debate and legislation through which we could utilise
our facility for technical education as well," he said.
He said that
there university started operating in 2,000 and in ten years of their journey,
more than 17,000 students have passed out, they are having 1,700 faculty members
and 48 different degree programs which include bachelors, Masters, MS and PhD
Highlighting the benefits of education expos for students and
for institutions, Malik said that such expos are useful where several
institutions gather under one roof and students with open mind visit and make an
informed choice. "The situation has changed as compared to past as ten years ago
there were only 24 universities in the country. Currently there are 132
institutes and in order to sell our product we have to advertise where expo is
one of the best ways to market our various programmes," he said. The news
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