Agha Khan Hospital Succumbs to Urban Militants

Today I received this email from a close associate and a very active civil society activist Naeem Sadiq, who shares his experience at Agha Khan Hospital. The email was not actually hitting out at AKU but was more or less finger pointing to the Urban Militia [good key word I must say] that roams around the city as if they own each piece of the land. It is the beauty of citizen journalism that such reports are brought to the attention of the public with the hope that it can possibly instigate a positive change.

Illeglally Parked car outside the Private Ward of AKU

Illeglally Parked car outside the Private Ward of AKU

AKU was once perceived as a disciplined, professional and caring hospital. It followed rules, provided excellent health care services and even operated a good patient welfare scheme. We were proud of the great hospital built by Prince Karim Aga Khan in the middle of the town.

The AKU has gradually chosen to bid farewell to its founding principles and make compromises, more so when it comes to dealing with the powerful and influential urban militants.

AKU rules clearly require that weapons shall not be brought inside the hospital and vehicles shall be parked only at the designated parking places. There are two guards who are full time on duty to make sure that the vehicles move off and do not park in front of the private ward pick and drop area. The rule is uniformly applied to all citizens. However it is conveniently waived off for ministers, unregistered vehicles and for those who come accompanied by weapon carrying goons.

At 1845 hours on May 13, 2009, there were two vehicles parked in-front of the Private Ward’s pick and drop area. One vehicle had a fishy illegal number plate giving irrelevant information (Chief Of Jhalayan, Minister S&GAD), the other had three armed guards.

Chief Of Jhalayan, Minister S&GAD, Govt of Baluchistan

Chief Of Jhalayan, Minister S&GAD, Govt of Baluchistan

On questioning as to why do they not act to get the two vehicles removed from the no-parking location, the AKU guards showed the same self acquired helplessness that has become the standard Pakistani excuse for not performing one’s duty.

I then called up the AKU security chief and asked him to do his duty to get the vehicles removed and to also report the matter to the Police for people bringing weapons and unregistered vehicles to the hospital. (besides refusing to follow hospital rules of parking)

I spent another 40 minutes in the hospital. The vehicles remained parked where they were, and the hospital administration, devoid of good sense and good guts kept looking in the other direction. That much for the finest health care organisation of Pakistan. Would some one please pass on this email to the HH.

Also posted on Teeth Maestro

19 Comments so far

  1. بستنی (wasiq) on May 14th, 2009 @ 8:19 am

    looks like we made it….
    look how far we’ve come….

  2. MB (kar_munib) on May 14th, 2009 @ 8:28 am

    Its sad to see such an ORG. going down in its well known standards.

    Looks like the MILITANCY-mentality, a gift by the gone regime has become a part of our DNA.

    An institute like AKU should keep itsr standard high else they might fall where others have very recently

  3. fasee on May 14th, 2009 @ 8:32 am

    @ teeth

    Yaara koi niya baat karoo….this is a daily scene there….. I regularly visit agha khan for myself or any of my family memebr….

    Wud have overloaded ya with pictures if u had asked.

    On 8th may…..I saw this new toyota with a sind police plate parked there for hours, along wid two fully packed mobiles parked so clumsily that was choking trafic……

    Few days earlier I saw a jeep with commisioner of kalat loaded with goons there.

    Choro ye batain….yahan sab chalta hai

  4. Teeth Maestro (kar_teeth) on May 14th, 2009 @ 9:45 am

    @fasee – I think we have grown immune to walk by this violation as if it was normal daily life – we have in a way resolved that nothing can be done, so no use arguing or debating them anyway.

    I am sure the bichara chowkidar has also resolved "main aaik ghairb aadmi hoon – in ka kiya karoon ga"

    I also dont know if our merely publishing these images is any way closer to solving? I hope it does

  5. abuali on May 14th, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    Have any one seen dozen of boards of "No Parking" placed outside the Nissan cars show room opposite Awami markaz along with footpath. who allowed them to do this. How a private person put his board on public property? Why they can stop me to park my car in front of their show room, Just because they have long & expensive cars & have relationships with "Urban Militants". I am a citizen of this country & paid tax to govt. have no rights. Can any one can answer?

  6. Raja Islam (rajaislam) on May 14th, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    My father works in AKU security dept. he told me last week that AKU bought car lifter to deal with no parking situation and will charge 300 Rs as a car lifting fine. I will ask again about this :)

  7. karachies on May 14th, 2009 @ 11:52 am

    @ teeth

    Go and join traffic police they really needs you.

    What will you do if you were in place of that gatekeeper?

    @ abuali

    Who said that you have no rights?

    "I am a citizen of this country & paid tax to govt"

    THIS IS A BIG LIE. You should ashamed of yourself while writing this.

  8. shajs on May 14th, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

    Mr. Teeth Maestro
    There is always a Truck that tows away such parked cars at Aga Khan.
    Dont worry and blame AKU; they must have towed it away. For how long you observed this parked car.

  9. fasee on May 14th, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    @ karachies / shujas.

    Guess u missed the point here….we all know there are hundreds of lifters making money lifting cars and bikes of COMMON people in whole pakistan

    Point was, what bout these goons. Our raaj dularay leaders

    Have you ever seen a lifter towing away a parado / harrier / BMW or mercedes ????
    Don’t bother to answer as I already know it…..coz all my life I haven’t….

    Lemme quote u one personal example again……once uncle fasee parked a car in clifton…but was worried his car wud be picked….so he went to the police mobile+trafic police choki placed a few meters away…I said "bhai zara throi der ke lie gari park kari hai..yahan se uthatay tu nai hain"

    And I got the unexpected, yet true answer……." Bhai gari konsi hai aap ki..agar .koi choti car hai tu koi gurantee nai..abi uth jai gi…haan saab agar bari gari hai tu befiker hu ke jain, kuch nai hoti…….

    A brutally true answer……hadees hai…tum se pehaly ki qoumin is liyee tabah hoin ke ameeron ke liye alag kanoon thay aur gareebon ke liyee alag

    Let’s see ye manhoos qoum kab tabah hoti hai

  10. بستنی (wasiq) on May 14th, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

    Have you ever seen a lifter towing away a parado / harrier / BMW or mercedes ????

    Not in this city …never!
    sir aik mazey ki baat…agar choti ka deck ya puri ghardee chori ho jai toh log saber kar letay hain….aur agar BMW ka aaiena chori ho jaay toh security guard sirf gardee ka….

  11. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on May 14th, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

    Okay so here my side of story. My dad was admitted there when a person who belonged to political party was admitted. His guards and all stupid stupid like guns etc were thrown away. AKU has a strict policy over that and all my friends working there have shared similar stories so I don’t think they treat militants that well any given day. It always obviously take SOME time to remove and deal such problems but it’s not like they are not taken care of.

  12. بستنی (wasiq) on May 14th, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

    @Raheel lakhani……sir how is your dad now….?

  13. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on May 15th, 2009 @ 12:19 am

    much better thanks. he is recovering.

  14. بستنی (wasiq) on May 15th, 2009 @ 8:13 am

    @raheel lakhani….Good! if there is anything I can do to help…or if your dad needs blood or anything please let me know….

  15. karachies on May 15th, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

    @ raheel lakahani

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any help. We pray ALLMIGHTY ALLAH that he will recover soon. Aameen.

  16. d0ct0r on May 16th, 2009 @ 2:00 am

    Chief Of Jhalayan, Minister S&GAD

    Its actually "Chief of Jhalawan,Minister S&GAD"

    Chief of Jhalawan and minister for Service and General Administration Department is none other then Sardar Sanaullah Zehri.Guess what is his younger brother’s name.. yes the same fellow(senator Israr Ullah Zehri) who tried to justify and defended the barbaric and savage act of burying 3 women alive . According to Election Commission of Pakistan he is the richest senator among the current senate members.

  17. MB (kar_munib) on May 16th, 2009 @ 8:40 am

    Your info is quick,reliable and informative :)
    Thats why prolly "they" dislike you :)

  18. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on May 17th, 2009 @ 12:19 am

    ایک گاڑی ہی تو کھڑی کی ہے بیچاروں نے
    اچھا چلو ایک نیہں دو صحیح
    اور سارے ان کے پیچحے پڑ گئے
    ذرا جو برداشت ہو ہماری قوم میں
    کبھی کسی امیر کو بخش بھی دینا چاہئے
    یہ نا ہو ان کی ہائے لگ جائے

  19. yahudi4 on May 17th, 2009 @ 10:02 am

    40mins and number plate of a car are not enough to judge a man’s character…..I need more proof and record from the foreign,American or British, universities he graduated(double) from….

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