PMDC in grip of fresh controversy
Islamabad, June 10: Fresh controversy hounds Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, the regulator of medical education in the country, after the council administration charged its own secretary for blowing whistle on the scam involving malpractices in registration of doctors.

A charge-sheet issued by PMDC’s acting president Mr Asim Hussain against Council’s Secretary Sohail Karim Hashmi reads: “The secretary is also charged with writing letters to various (investigation) agencies without the permission of president/executive committee of the council.”

Hashmi is believed to have disclosed to the FIA that his colleagues at PMDC had registered four Afghan nationals as doctors on fake letters from Foreign Office. Foreign doctors require consent of interior ministry or foreign office for getting a permission to practice in Pakistan.

PMDC is also facing allegations of registration of graduates from Central Asian countries, who had failed the mandatory National Examination Board exam to get the permission for practicing medicine.

In his detailed charge-sheet, he also accused the secretary of blocking development initiatives of the Council including a new website for which the developer had been paid Rs4 million. The website was to replace the previous Council’s website that had cost Rs15,000.

The secretary is currently involved in a legal battle with PMDC administration against whom he has filed a contempt plea with the Supreme Court for not fully complying with reinstatement judgment.

Other charges in the new charge-sheet range from allegations of legal, financial and administrative irregularities, to committing acts of misconduct, negligence and violation of rules during his tenure as Secretary from 2001 to 2007.

The 12-point charge-sheet by PMDC further accuses Hashmi of disregarding High Court and Supreme Court orders pertaining to inspection of a private medical college and provisional recognition of certain institutes.

The secretary, who has already filed a reply to the allegations leveled by the Council said: “A similar charge-sheet was prepared against me back in 2007, but I vindicated my position”.

In his reply, he also questioned the eligibility of Mr Asim Hussain as the acting president of the medical regulator and the competent authority to file charges against him.

He has also called for suspension of the proceedings against him pending the outcome of the contempt plea filed by him.

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