DAWN.COMDeputy Prime Minister Pervaiz Elahi has said calling army doctors at public hospitals is an admission of failure by the Shahbaz Sharif government while Governor Latif Khosa has advised the chief minister to ‘shun his ego’ and hold direct talks with young medics. Speaking at a reception given by PML-Q parliamentary leader Chaudhry Zaheeruddin at a local hotel on Monday, Mr Elahi said Shahbaz was responsible for administrative failure and economic mess in the province. He said irony of the matter was that patients were dying, doctors were languishing in jails and the chief minister was spending days in his tent office and nights in Murree. He said Shahbaz had closed all mega projects, including the mass transit rail project launched by the PML-Q government, which was unfortunate. The former chief minister said most parts of the Ring Road were completed in his tenure while the bridges the Shahbaz government was constructing in ‘record time’ were also collapsing in record time. He said the PML-Q had asked the president and the prime minister to solve the issues of energy and unrest in Balochistan before the next elections. Meanwhile, Governor Khosa, talking to a group of journalists at the Governor’s House on Monday, said Shahbaz should hold direct talks with young doctors and accept their just demands. “Shahbazs should shun his ego and give respect to the doctors,” he said. He said the Punjab government was facing such problems because Shahbaz had retained most of the portfolios. He pointed out there had been no full-fledged health minister in the province. He said Shahbaz was also responsible for the worst law and order situation in the province. PPP Punjab information secretary Raja Amir said Shahbaz was responsible for the deaths in hospitals. Flanked by Usman Salim Malik and Mani Pehalwan, he told a news conference that had the Punjab government accepted the ‘just demands’ of doctors they would not have gone on strike. He also condemned the attitude of the doctors.
Monday, July 2, 2012
DAWN.COMThe Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has noted with concern the suffering heaped on the people by the prolonged strike of doctors in Punjab and the provincial government’s failure to amicably resolve the matter so far, and called upon both sides to stop their wrangling for the sake of the people. HRCP said in a statement on Monday, “Protests and strikes and doctors are not unheard of in Pakistan but they had never led to suspension of emergency care. That has changed since last year. HRCP believes that doctors abandoning their life-saving vows to press for their demands is utterly indefensible and has contributed to the loss of sympathy for them among the people. “Some of the protesting doctors’ demands may be justified, but the ongoing wrangling is symptomatic of the anarchy of thought and practice in the country where neither side is willing to abandon its stance for the sake of an amicable settlement. Both sides have shown no inclination to budge and have sought to achieve a stronger bargaining position by resorting to threats. “HRCP also does not support the coercive tactics by the Punjab government aimed at finding a solution. Who can disagree with the need for discipline in service, but the government’s ham-handed methods to deal with protests have lowered its credit. The grievances of the doctors have accumulated over time and that too is for the government to make sure that that does not happen. “The matter must be resolved at the earliest. The medical profession was the first one in Pakistan to be regulated by a professional body. The prevailing stalemate is also a reflection on the performance of that body. How the role and representative character of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has been eroded also deserves to be examined. “Ultimately, it is imperative that a high-powered commission is established to examine the affairs of public healthcare in Pakistan, including the skill and knowledge of the doctors who are allowed to treat patients, especially those who have studied abroad or in private colleges, to ensure that the practice of learning on the job comes to an end in the country’s hospitals.
NAB chief said that proceeding of cases against
EDITORIAL:FRONTIER POSTWhat brownie points does Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab, think he is culling with his tenting device? At least, the people are not impressed. Nowhere on the street are they found lined up with bouquets in hands to garland him. Instead, his tenting show is being pooh-poohed far and wide as a cheap self-projection ploy. And generally it is being derided disdainfully as sheer political gimmickry as was his joining of the people's power protests earlier. But who is he befooling? Does he think that our people are such simpletons that they would be easily taken in by such a blatant buffoonery? Does he think they know not after spending a few hours in a commodious tent he would retire to his luxurious Raiwind palace offering every comfort on the earth that fabulous wealth he is in possession of can buy? Had indeed he been a bit real, he would have spent a few nights in the tent and would have known feelingly what it means in living with power load-shedding. And had he been street smart, instead of mounting this funny tenting show he would have set about redressing the people's grievances that stem forth from intermittent power outages. There is public outcry that prolonged power interruptions have adversely affected the functioning of tube-wells, resulting into disruptions of water supplies. Even the provincial metropolis of Lahore is resonating with this public uproar. The predicament of other cities of the province, whether big or small, can be well imagined from this. Had he sat down in his office, thought out an innovative way to meet the people's water scarcity and mobilised his administrative leviathan to fructify it, he would have gained something both by way of earning the citizens' goodwill and reaping in consequence quite a bit of political harvest also. But such things come to the minds of leaders who are real, no pretenders or chicaners as indeed is he. What has he got by tenting, if not the people's derision and ridicule only? There has been no diminishing in the load-shedding nor has there been any alleviation of the people's lot. They are going through the gruelling times as tortuously and as groaningly as before his tenting ploy. The people need no tenting by anyone or joining their protest by anyone to bring home to the rulers their agony the cruel man-made adversity of power load-shedding has inflicted on them in mountains. They themselves are out in the street to this end. What they need as an end to this callous catastrophe. And had Shahbaz been any sincere and honest, he would have floated creative ideas and ingenious thoughts to finish off this disastrous painful calamity. The PPP-led federal hierarchs have demonstrated conclusively their incapability to tide over this power crisis. They appear even to know not what actually has precipitated this critical situation and are simply groping in the dark to cope with it, albeit failingly. Shahbaz could have marked even one-upmanship over them with innovative ideas to cut off the power outages. But with his tenting, he has established beyond a shred of doubt that he too is as incapable intellectually as well as administratively as are the federal hierarchs. Rather, with his tenting artifice, he has painted himself uglier than they. He has sought to make political mileage out of the pains and miseries of the people. This is decidedly despicable, to say the least. Still, not all is lost. He can still recoup somewhat his losses. He must wind up his tent, go back to his office and task his subordinate bureaucrats to think out ways and means for coping with outages and their aftermath. He has, of course, packed up the subordinate bureaucracy with his loyalists, lackeys and yes-men whose sole distinction is their fealty to him. But there are still talented people in his bureaucratic leviathan. They can think creatively and conceive of innovations. They can guide him. Nevertheless, the billion-dollar question is if he wants to be guided for the people's weal and welfare or wants to be driven solely by his political impulsions and designs. His tenting has, anyway, not stemmed the tide of the younger generation walking away as a whole block to the tent of the new rising political star. Even the grown-ups are leaving him, his elder brother and their party in battalions. And that's that.
The Express Tribune
Report by:Deutsche WellePakistani defense experts say signs of a thaw in relations between Washington and Islamabad are emerging as the two countries are making final attempts to strike a deal on resuming the NATO supply line. Pakistan's foreign ministry officials said on Monday that there had been progress on the issue of resuming a key NATO supply line to Afghanistan. Islamabad had blocked the supply route in retaliation for the NATO airstrike near the Afghan border last November that resulted in the death of 24 of its soldiers. US-Pakistani ties have been at their lowest level ever since. Separate probes by the Pentagon and NATO into the lethal strike revealed that inadequate coordination and a lack of "fundamental trust" had led to the tragedy. No apology was handed over to Islamabad. For its part, the Pakistani government rejected the findings and demanded that the US and NATO apologize. ''Desperate measures'' On Sunday, Thomas Nides, the US Deputy Secretary of State; General John Allen, commander of the US forces in Afghanistan; and Cameron Munter, the US Ambassador to Pakistan held high-level talks with the Pakistani civilian and military officials in Islamabad. Pakistani defense experts said the fact that General Allen has visited Pakistan twice in four days was proof that Washington and Islamabad were desperately trying to find a mutually beneficial solution to this issue. Government officials in Islamabad said that a decision on the resumption of the supply route was likely to be made after Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari returned from his UK tour. ''Domestic pressure on government'' The Zardari-led Pakistan People's Party government faces immense political pressure from opposition parties, including hard-line Islamist groups, on the issue of NATO supply route. Ayaz Amir, a Pakistani legislator, told DW that it would not be easy for the Pakistani government to resume NATO supplies. "Islamist groups have warned the government of dire consequences if it tried to reopen the NATO supply line to Afghanistan. The government will have to take people into confidence before opening the supply route." Naseer Bhatta, member of Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's opposition Pakistan Muslim League, told DW that if the government wanted to take a decision on this matter, it had to get an approval from parliament. "It would be unfortunate if NATO supplies were reopened without the consent of the people. They should not be resumed until NATO tenders an apology to Pakistan," he said. However, Najam Rafique, Director of the Institute of Strategic Studies, an Islamabad-based think tank, told DW that the protests against possible supply reopening would eventually die down.