PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has asked Chief Justice of Pakistan Abdul Hameed Dogar to resign as part of the propaganda campaign in a section of the press alleging that Chief Justice’s daughter Farah Hameed Dogar received special favour in F Sc examination from the Federal Board, which facilitated her admission in the International Islamic Medical College.
This is despite the fact that Mr. Sharif’s own daughter, Mariam Nawaz, was awarded a special favour coincidentally also with regard to admission in a medical college, which, in her case, happens to be a public sector institution.
Weekly Pulse investigations reveal that Mariam Nawaz scored 580 marks out of 850 marks in the Matric exam with a B Grade and 765 marks out of 1000 marks in F Sc (Pre-Medical) with a B Grade. These marks were too low to get admission in any public sector medical college in Punjab in 1991, which Mr Sharif was the Prime Minister and the PML-N had a government in Punjab.
Mariam Nawaz was interested in getting admission in the King Edwards Medical College, Lahore, which is Pakistan’s leading medical college and, therefore, the most competitive in admission merit. The admissions in medical colleges were granted on All-Punjab basis, with the lowest merit being 803 marks in the F Sc (pre-Medical), at the Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur. Obviously, the merit at the King Edwardss Medical College was far higher.
Mariam Nawaz was admitted to the Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, in 1991. However, within a short time of one month or so, Mariam Nawaz was migrated to King Edwards Medical College in violation of the Migration Policy.
As per the rules mentioned in the Prospects of the Government Medical Colleges in the Punjab for Session 1991-92 regarding Migration, such migration shall be allowed only after the student has cleared the First Professional Examination.”
In detail, the said Migration rule for “a student who has been admitted in one medical college of the Province” and wants to migrate to another college within the province during the same course,” sets three conditions, two of which pertain to the father/guardian of the student either dying or transferred to another city being a government servant.
The rule says that migration should be discouraged under normal circumstances and the respective principals must agree before it takes place. The third rule that applies to Mariam Nawaz’s case, but was violated, states the following: “The migration can be allowed on compassionate grounds if both the principals agree. Such migration shall be allowed only after the student has cleared first, Professional Examination. The clause shall not be applicable to those admitted against Divisional, Under-Developed Seats.”
Since Mariam Nawaz was not admitted under such reserved seats, the above-mentioned clause duly applied to her case. Without appearing in the first Professional Examination, she was migrated from Army Medical College to King Edwards Medical College. She did not appear in the first Professional Examination even at King Edwards Medical College, and left the college before that.
Now those behind the mischievous campaign against Chief Justice Dogar’s daughter seem to imply that by using an “illegal” favour, she deprived another candidate of the right to get admission in the International Islamic Medical College, which, unlike King Edwards Medical College, is a private sector institution.
If the same criteria is applied to Mariam Nawaz’s case, then she deprived not just one but two candidates competing for admission in public sector medical colleges in 1991. If this was not enough, Pulse investigations reveal that one professor at King Edwards Medical College, Dr Shahnaz Javed of Physiology Department was transferred from the college for not allowing an illegal increase in her attendance percentage to meet her attendance shortage for lectures in that subject.
This magazine has further learnt that, in 1998, Mariam Nawaz again applied to the Principal of King Edwards Medical College to obtain admission in MBBS but was able to obtain admission in the Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore. The request was approved by the Admission Committee of the College. Despite that, Mariam Nawaz did not join, thereby depriving a third candidate of the right to be admitted in a public sector medical college.
As against Mariam Nawaz, the current chief justice’s daughter is being targeted for seeking a favour, which, as she explained in a recent press statement, was no favour as such. Farah Hameed Dogar was just one of the 1093 applicants who applied for re-checking of their answer sheets after the Federal Bureau of Intermediate and Secondary Education declared the results for 2008.
According to her statement, she was among the 201 students for whom the broad issued revised mark sheets in accordance with rules and regulations, and that she applied for admission only in three private medical colleges which admit students on self-finance basis. She got admission in the International Islamic Medical College wherein 50 seats are filled on merit and another 50 are reserved for children of overseas Pakistanis. The college has one seat reserved for Al-Mizan Foundation, a welfare body for retired judges. This seat is rotated every year among the four provinces and in 2008 it was reserved for Sindh. That is how Farah Hameed Dogar was able to get admission at the International Islamic Medical College.
Compare this issue, which is pending hearing in the Islamabad High Court, with the mockery of justice done in the case of Mariam Nawaz, who was able to enter Pakistan’s best public sector medical college, the King Edwards with just 767 out of 1000 marks in F Sc (Pre-Medical) in 1991, despite the fact that the lowest admission merit that year was 803 out of 1000 marks in the F Sc (pre-Medical) at the Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur.
17 years have passed since rules were violated to facilitate the illegal migration of Mariam Nawaz from Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, to King Edwards Medical College, Lahore, depriving two legitimate candidates of admission in public sector medical colleges of the Punjab. A decade has passed since Mariam Nawaz deprived yet another legitimate candidate of admission in the public sector medical college.
Yet Mian Nawaz Sharif has not apologized even once from the nation for this mockery of justice that took place first during his first stint in power at the Centre and in the Province and second time in his second stint in power at both places.