JPMC suffering at the hands of Politics

On Wednesday a severe political clash occurred between two political organizations namely Punjabi Students Association vs Jamiat which sadly resulted in the death of one student which happened to be the Nazim of Jamiat.

This tragic incident progressively got worse the next day when both parties used pressure tactics to cripple the hospitals routine functioning, and a number of doctors were forcibly sent home while a number of patients who arrived at the premises were also forcibly sent home by these political workers prowling the various locations within the JPMC premises

Historically Karachi has been a witness to these same issues and like many other citizens I too remain shocked to see these student-doctors, who aspire to be health professionals after graduation, could become so insensitive to human suffering that they can have the heart to deliberately close down the hospital simply due to political differences and rivalry

Karachi is already facing a shortage of adequate medical facilities and when such incidents continue to happen then it will seriously impact the suffering of hundreds of our citizens, who seek medical help. I sincerely hope that the bureaucracy can take adequate steps to depoliticize these medical colleges once in for all.

Story idea submitted by Imran Mahmood

21 Comments so far

  1. D0ct0r (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

    depoliticizing of not only medical colleges but all professional college should be done and strick rules should be implemented and students should be kicked out if they’re involved with any kind of political party…

  2. D0ct0r (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm


  3. Foize (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    I am all in for it

  4. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

    Strict BAN on political unions at ALL Educational Institutes.

    Surprisingly, this tussle is not attributed to APMS (MQM) Isn’t it a surprise people ??

  5. BitterTruth (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

    I wonder what Punjabi Student Association is doing in Sindh. There is no example of any other ethnic group in any other province or city, only Karachi has to suffer these religious and language based menaces. The reaction of PSA sort of organizations is support for MQM, and hate against people of punjab.

  6. MB (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

    Under terrorist, terror reigns.

    This is the reason why IMRAN Khan has said he didn’t allow any student group in PTI in universities because the current environment doesn’t allow a chance of politics at such level without the usage of ARMS.

    All political parties have terror wings (read students groups) in universities, the biggest being obviously MQM followed by Jamiat etc.

    Pakistan’s education is in deep shit. GOD help us.

  7. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

    the colleges should make sure the students are not involved with these political clashes. its high time the colleges and universities took a stand since the youth is being currupted and their families are facing the concequences.

  8. MS (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    I wonder how is it like in colleges in Punjab or any other province. Do these parties have presence in colleges/universities in other provinces?

  9. thanos (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

    It is sad indeed that this has happened, how long will the hostels be closed, is it expected that this will flow over to the other colleges?

  10. Kashif (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 12:46 am

    Politicizing of Educational Institutions, Medical facilities and Mosques should not be tolerated at all. Supreme Court should take notice on this.

  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    Arbab Raheem says that life isn’t the same anymore after Supreme Court started taking notice of every thing.. he is already feeling the heat…

  12. Reality_Check (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 7:51 am

    Simply banning students activities is not the solution. Remember Zia banned student activities, like union elections and other student bodies, hence triggered the mushroom growth of student bodies on ethno-religous basis.

    The simple solution is that all major political parties who claim to be the peoples hamdard (including PPP, Muslim League, Jamaat, MQM and others) when they get together during APC’s should pledge that they will dissolve or stop using their student wings for the greater good of the nation. They should voluntarily dis-arm their student groups.Subsequently, proper student council functions such as elections, debating and other extra-curricular activities should be re-started, so that education institutions could properly groom leaders of the future.

    The question is can our leaders come to such an understanding? Do they have the foresight? Can any political party voluntarily do such act for the greater good? I guess not.

    @MB less said about utterrances of Mr. Imran Khan the better, I wonder where he is now these days, I didnt saw or heard from him during Lal Masjid crises, he conveniently chose to dis-appear thats not a good qualification for a leader. Also I object to the liberal word of “terrorist”. These students are one of us, they are our kids, simply branding them will further alienate them. instead catch the ones that are using them. That list is very revealing…

    Also for your info Jamiat is the largest students org. in Pakistan, followed by PSF, and MSF. APMSO is largest in Karachi only but they are also the most junior.

  13. asa (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 12:43 pm

    u didn’t saw or heard IK abt lal masjid it doesn’t mean you have a right to crticize anyone


    in this interview he clearly give his point of view against Lal masjid .
    why the hell our nation think so negatively if one person IK said good thing abt role of political parties in University instead of give arguments on that statement we start personal attacks on person.

  14. asa (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    i agreed with Reality_check we should not labeled them terrorist coz they are our kids by just labeling them we sidelined them ,,we should condemn these political parties which are doing politics on the blood of these youth.

  15. Ali (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    ordinary people suffering from the hands of Jamat e Islami terrorists as they are not allowing JPMS to oerate and innocent people are suffering.

    This is the Islam of Jamat e Islami.

    Death to Jamati Terrorists !!!

  16. Reality_Check (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    @ASA & OTHERS, his would be digressing from the topic but since you have brought it up and posted an interview, so here is what I have to say:

    I saw this interview by Imran Khan. Sadly its the same old story of Pakistani leaders when they are abroad donning a suite, adopting a different persona, looking modern and trying to say all the right things. But when they are here, they are standing along side people like Ge. Hameed Gul and ranting about pan-islamism, justifying jirga’s and suicide bombings. However, since the storming of the mosque a lot of what IK has said has been proven wrong. Lal Masjid was never the golden temple, ordinary Pakistanis are too smart to fall into that trap.

    Dear ASA critisizing over TV is the easiest thing to do when the event has happened. I have very closely watched the behaviour of all political leaders during the Lal Masjid incident (which lasted for months) , nobody tried to resolve it when events were unfolding, they just added fuel to the fire and watched the tamasha and waited to take political mileage out of it, usint the media ofcourse. Tell me, if a high level delegation of MMA + PTI gone into the mosque a month or so before the action, grabbed Mr. Aziz by the hand, told him that you have made your point, now come out. He would have found it impossible to refuse them. Nobody had the guts, courage or moral aptitude to even attemp that. In fact they all manage to get together in London when the situation was about to explode – thats some leadership. Afterwards, their propaganda machinery started posting poems on youtube – thats sickenning.

    As for IK it seems that till June he was working on super charged batteries, suddenly in July they got drained, since then he is looking for a charger. May be he’ll find it in September. The only consequence of his action that I can foresee is pushing Karachi back towards chaos and anarchy.

  17. asa (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    so wat u expect from IK to grab any ministry like PML(q) lotas and MQM some research u will easily find coz of our bloody dictator Lal masjid talks fail..i knw infact we all knw IK will never come to power coz their is so much dirt in pak politics that u never expect ppl like IK come to power…wat chaos and anarchy u r talking abt 48 ppl were killed at 12th of may with Govt support not a single action taken,not a single person put at the jail if one person talking against these crimnals u r saying it taking back karachi wat logic is this??if talking abt massacre will create chaos and anarchy then God bless karachi.

    by the way all 48 ppl which were killed are Mohajir,case would be we karachites should come fwd and demand abt independent inquiry of 12 May but who cares ppl which were killed are not our relatives so keep enjoying life

  18. Mohsin Raza (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    one point we are all missing here is about 12 lives were lost due to closure of JPMC, well done Jamiat and PSA!

  19. Ali (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    @ ASA
    48 plp killed on 12th may were not mohajirs for the record.
    Only 3 were urdu speaks and workers of MQM rest even from MQM were Pathans and Kahmiris.
    The rest killed were Pathans,punjabies and sindhis mostly do not belong to karachi they were invited to karachi for 12th May rellies by ANP and PPP and other political parties.
    Dear ASA if they were Mohahirs then how come ANP(Pathan Nationalists) claiming their 25 workers died ??????
    if you wana lie do lie but plz be sensible.

  20. Hasan (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

    Its utter digression!!but a healthy one. I do not agree with suggestions about depolitisizing colleges and universities. Is there any lower age limit for participation in political affairs? As soon as a person finds himself sensible enough to understand whats going on in the society i think he/she should get involved in politics. And if that age coincides with college then ofcourse stopping them would be a negation of basic right of every citizen.
    It gets so messed up when the theoratical right and wrong gets mixed up with actual practices.

  21. Sorry-SMCian (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

    I hail from Sindh medical college and have spent many years at the JPMC. Its unfortunate that this incident took place. During my years at the SMC, I have witnessed two clashes. Once we ran into the library and hid there as there were weapons being fired. Does anyone know what happened? Apparetly the Jamatis wanted to hold a dars-e-quran near the canteen. Since that is also where the PSA benches are, they retaliated. All hell broke lose. The PSA guys who are implicated in the murder case are actually free and believe it or not, the authorities are not arresting them, inspite that they are out in the open. I dont wanna reveal too much detail..but its suffice to say that this is not what it seems on the surface. Its a huge political drama..keep watching what they do to the SMC hostel and soon everything will become clear.

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