Doctors in Punjab, after completing a 5 years course of study,
get paid Rs. 18,000/-.
In Karachi, the mistri who does plaster work for us gets
Rs. 18,000/-. Mistris can learn their trade in a few months.
A guy with a two year MBA earns 4 times as much, start-
ing out, whose primary job is to sit and do BS all day long.
The YDA rep Nasser was saying last night that he has to
ask his father for loan every month since they run out of
money on the 20th and sometimes asks his wife to get
money from his father-in-law, so that they can cover their
That. . . is not right.
The doctors have been trying to sort this out through
dialogue with the Punjab bureaucracy for the last year and
a half. When they ran into a tin ear, they slowly had to
up the ante.
Doctors all over Pakistan should be paid salaries commensurate
with the time and effort that goes into their work. Especially
at a time when we are fighting several wars and taking dozens
of casualties every day that need to be cared for, within the
meager means and facilities at the disposal of our health
It should never have come to this. The doctors were even willing
to compromise (and had done so with Latif Khosa) for a meager
raise in their salaries (20-30K) but the Punjab Govt saw this as
their weakness and reneged on their promise. This whole thing
has been badly mismanaged by Sharif Bros, just like the Raymond
Davis case. And one expected so much more from them, than the
Sheikh 'The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease' Chilli