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Shaukat Ali Jawaid



Those who are dead and
 Nothing have no critics


Late Prof. Col. Najib Khan was a noted medical educationist and Diabetologist. He served as Principal of Nishtar Medical College Multan, was founder of Liaquat Medical College Jamshoro, Hyderabad and later retired as Prof. of Medidcine from Dow Medical College, Karachi. He was a strict disciplinarian and very difficult person to work with. Not many people in the medical profession know that he used to sponsor a few medical students who later became very eminent and attained coveted position of Professors, faculty members in various medical institutions and due to their competence and ability, earned a great name and fame as well. Col. Najib Khan was very kind to me and my first meeting with him I still remember was on November 1st 1968. I learnt a lot from him. He often used to say that “Those who are dead and do nothing have no critics”. Do not worry about those who criticize you, as long as your conscience is clear and you have a professional satisfaction, go ahead and do things. In the process one might make some mistakes but that is the best way of learning. How true he was.

When I look at the prevailing circumstances in Pakistan these days, I often remember him. It was stupid on the part of Mian Shahbaz Sharif to have thought of working overtime completing so many development projects in time or before time all over the province. It was stupid on his part of having thought to help Prof. Saeed Akhtar to build the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute at Lahore so that the facility of looking after kidney and liver diseases patients was provided within the province where later on liver transplant programme could be started. Following the example of Chief Ministers of other province, he should not have engaged in all these development projects at all and saved himself from being questioned. PKLI, it is said, has failed to perform any liver transplant since its establishment over a year ago. Perhaps those criticizing it do not know that starting a transplant programme is not a joke. It takes a couple of years. One has to build a multidisciplinary team, train technicians, nurses, support staff, and ensure excellent post-operative care to ensure patient safety. Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplant (SIUT) besides Dow University of Health Sciences liver transplant programme at Ojha Campus started couple of years ago and so far they have not been able to start liver transplant programme routinely. A few liver transplants which they have done so far have been performed with the help of visiting Liver Transplant surgeons from Shiraz Iran and India. Let the patients die or those who can afford to go to China or India and get liver transplant. Why worry about patients at large.

Many honest and hardworking bureaucrats who worked with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif are facing the music these days. It has sent a message to the bureaucracy, sit on the files, do not take decisions and save themselves from being defamed and humiliated later on. Most of them will be reluctant to work and take decisions under these circumstances. No one disagrees with proper monitoring and accountability to ensure judicious use of the national resources. It must be ensured but remember one thing, every human being deserve respect and dignity which is much more important than monetary gains. If you do not pay the bureaucrats well, ask them to work day and night, who will be interested. If the Government of Punjab was able to complete a record number of development projects in time it was due to the hard work, round the clock vigilance and monitoring of these projects by the bureaucracy and the Chief Minister himself. No one will have any soft corner for the corrupt elements anywhere but authorities must ensure that no one is punished, defamed and humiliated without any reason. Metro Bus project could not be completed in Peshawar, Karachi Circular Railway project remains in doldrums for years, perhaps this is the way to work in Pakistan.

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