Vacancy at the Presidency

From Dawn:

The health ministry on Saturday barred a pathologist from performing his duties at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) in the face of his steadfast desire to run for the country’s president.

Dr Anwarul Haq, whose application to the Election Commission for contesting the presidential election caused a stir in higher echelons, has also been asked to explain his position. “A notice has been served on Dr Haq seeking clarification,” Federal Secretary for Health Khushnood Akhtar Lashari told Dawn.

The secretary said after listening to the pathologist, action would be taken against him as the law prevented government servants from taking part in elections and making political comments. Earlier this week, Dr Anwarul Haq submitted an application to the Election Commission, stating that he wanted to contest the upcoming presidential polls.

He sought the commission’s help and called for issuance of a candidature form.

In his application, Dr Haq argued that President Gen Pervez Musharraf was also a government servant and if he could participate in the election why couldn’t he. The Election Commission forwarded the application to the Federal Ministry of Health, which directed acting Pims Executive Director Ghazala Mehmood to take action against the doctor.

The hospital administration asked Dr Haq to withdraw his application and also retract it in the press, but he refused.

  1. @sm@ said:

    As expected …!

    But he made his point well 🙂

  2. saad said:

    Prof Anwar is one of the most reputed pathologists of country, he is Diplomat and Fellow American Board of pathologists, he established the aga khan university labs back in mis 80s.He deserved highest honors for serving the nation, he has been in government service after returning from saudia for about 10 years.The health ministry in transferring him has done great disservice to nation, one of the few good men left in doctors profession and deserves much more than any one else to be president. If indians can make their missile scientist or an educationists as presidents , may be we can learn a lesson but may be we ll just hang on to dictatorship for a while.

  3. well its true! even Gen Parvez musharaf was also working for the government.

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