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Health Ministry suspends MCH head for giving life threats to PIMS ED

Senior Pakhtun doctors trying to find out an amicable solution to the rivalry.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Institute for Medical Sciences’ (PIMS) Maternal and Child Health Centre (MCH) Assistant Director Dr Mutahir Shah has been suspended for his alleged involvement in life threats to PIMS Executive Director (ED) Dr Raja Amjad Mahmood amid Pakhtun doctors’ efforts to find out an amicable solution to the problem.

The PIMS ED had referred the matter to Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Secretary Captain (r) Zahid Saeed, who issued a notification of Dr Mutahir’s suspension.

The notification, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today, reads: “In exercise of the powers conferred under Article 194 of CSR, the Competent Authority i.e.,  National Health Services Regulations and Coordination Secretary is pleased to place Dr Mutahir Shah, Assistant Director (BS-18), PIMS, Islamabad under suspension with effect from his date of arrest i.e., 03-01-2019.”

It is pertinent to mention here that on January 3, an embarrassing situation emerged in the PIMS when heated arguments took place between two most senior doctors of the facility. Soon after, Dr Mahmood filed an FIR against Dr Mutahir under the Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening to kill him.

Sources said that Dr Mutahir was angered by the PIMS ED’s refusal not to sign his Annual Confidential Report (ACR) as the latter asked the former how he had acquired the confidential report.

However, sources said that they both have an old rivalry, as a decade ago, Dr Amjad, Dr Shah and Dr Masood Ghani, who had come to the Capital from different provinces and were absorbed despite the Supreme Court’s (SC) order to repatriate the deputationists to their parent organisations and provinces. All three doctors were in BPS-18; however, Dr Amjad reached BPS-21 in a short span of time and got the position of PIMS ED, while the other two are still in the same grade.

In his complaint, the PIMS ED stated that Dr Mutahir had done the same thing three months ago for which he had been forgiven, adding that the recent incident had occurred in the presence of office staff who could testify if needed.

“As soon as I left PIMS at 01:00 pm to attend the namaz-e-janaza of a friend in Rawalpindi, Dr Mutahir Shah called me and gave me life threats for the second time in three months, a recording of which is available in my phone. He then followed me in the vehicle until the old airport with clear intentions of physically assaulting me as he was carrying a weapon in the car. It is, therefore, requested that an FIR may be lodged against him under the Anti-Terrorist Act,” reads the FIR.

A senior doctor wishing not to be named told Pakistan Today, that senior Pakhtun doctors are trying to find out an amicable solution to the issue and they are quite hopeful of a positive outcome within the next few days as positive responses have been received from both sides.

The doctor said that the unfortunate incident gave the Capital’s leading hospital and the medical community a bad name; hence the doctors have decided to negotiate.

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