Durdana Najam

  • TPunjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has rolled out the Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) for the Clinics of Family Physicians / General Practitioners (GPs) with a view to passing on the baton of quality to yet another tier of medical professionals, usually considered the point of the first ...

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  • TLegislation has been introduced in the US Senate to end the 18-years-long war in Afghanistan. Called “American Forces Going Home After Nobel Service Act,” the bill has come at a time when the US is engaged in direct talks with the Taliban to work out an exit plan. The bill reads: ...

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  • TThe hyper nationalist Indian media is further dividing and polarising the Indian society on communal lines. From the calls to eliminate Pakistan from the face of the earth to branding traitors those Indians who have been asking their government for evidence of killing 300 terrorists in Balakot, the ...

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  • TIncidents like Pulwama only provides fresh impetus to hostility between India and Pakistan. The unanticipated occasion, however, has been Pakistan’s restrained response to India’s diplomatic offensive to position Pakistan a country of little substance and more violence. Since the Mumbai ...

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  • TThe Pulwama attack has brought out new fissures in the India-Pakistan relations. Just as the news about the gruesome killing of 44 paramilitary forces was unfolding in the hills of Kashmir, the Indian media in grip of ultranationalist sentiments, and throwing every ethics of reporting to the wind, ...

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  • TEvery year on February 5, Pakistan celebrates “Kashmir Solidarity Day” to commemorate the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination. While eulogising the freedom fighters, who had lost their lives and limbs to the cause, February 5 serves to highlight the ...

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  • TIf the road to Delhi goes through Utter Pradesh (UP), then launching Priyanka Gandhi as Congress General Secretary in-charge of East Utter Pradesh is probably the right decision to defeat the BJP in UP. The state became an enigma for the Congress, starting from 1977 when it could not win even one ...

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  • TPakistan’s foreign policy is looked at from two dimensions. One, that it is made in the General Headquarter Rawalpindi (GHQ) and two, each policy is built around the “perceived threat” from India. For the people in the “liberal camp”, both these dimensions have proved ...

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  • TThe Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has been established through the promulgation of the Punjab Healthcare Commission Act 2010 as a premier regulatory body to improve the quality of healthcare services in Punjab, including alternate and traditional methods of treatments such as Homeopathy and ...

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  • TTo put things in the right perspective, Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP and writer, has introduced a private member’s Bill in the Lok Sabha seeking to protect freedom of literature. Its objective is that “authors must be guaranteed the freedom to express their work without fear of punitive ...

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  • TIn his usual style, Donald Trump, mocking Modi’s desire to build libraries in Afghanistan, asked the regional stakeholders to play a more active role in resolving the Afghan crisis. He said that countries close to Afghanistan, and not the one 6,000 kilometres away (the US), should be helping ...

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  • TTaking exception to his statement about rising religious extremism in India, the Yuva Morcha – youth wing of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) – prevented actor Naseeruddin Shah from attending the fifth Ajmer Literature Festival. The mob vandalised the festival venue besides ...

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  • TPakistan was recently designated as a “Country of particular concern,” under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). This designation was made in the 2018 annual report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The report has labelled Pakistan ...

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  • TThe warning by Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor, the Director-General of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), to the Pashtun Tahafuz (protection) Movement (PTM) of severe consequences on crossing the so-called “red line” was viewed as another blow to the democratic rights of representing ...

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  • TIt has been generally perceived that if an honest leader were to become the head of the state Pakistan would be pulled out of corruption that has bogged it down for seven decades. It was in this equation that many saw Imran Khan, being an honest man, an antidote to the crises. Now that he is the ...

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  • TNo matter how the policymakers from both the countries plan, some realities never change between India and Pakistan. The opening up of the Kartarpur corridor is one such reality. The circumstances in which Pakistan was born from United India may have instilled bitterness in the hearts of the ...

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  • TWhen the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in Sehwan, Sindh, Pakistan, was torn apart, in 2017, by the suicide attacker, it was not only the walls of the saint’s final abode that wailed on the desecration, but also every eye that had known or visited the saint broke down into tears. People ...

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  • THealthcare in Pakistan resembles corporate culture. With the only difference that, unlike a marketplace, the healthcare functions like a casino where the physicians hold all the cards. The medical industry has experienced this behavioural change world over, but what makes Pakistan’s case ...

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  • TA majority of the complaints received at the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) relates to the behaviour of doctors and other medical and administrative staff of a Healthcare Establishment (HCE). A general complaint is that doctors are rude and easily get irritated. Another resentment is that in ...

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  • TThe core responsibility of the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) is to ensure quality in the Punjab health sector. The enforcement of Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) is the first step towards the implementation of the quality regime that a Healthcare Establishment (HCE) is required to ...

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  • TStrange as it may sound, but no amount of development and civilisation has stopped the prevalence and acceptability of quackery. It was expected that with the emergence of sophisticated and advanced innovations in medical sciences, people impersonating as doctors would have no reason to exist. ...

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  • TThe Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) was created to implement the PHC Act 2010, with an objective to develop a culture of responsibility and quality in the Punjab health sector. The Act provides a framework for the development of Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) under the purview of ...

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  • TPeople used to wait for the clock to strike 8:00 at night. The khabarnama (News Bulletin) at night was a follow-up delight. Men would come from offices and their businesses in time to enjoy the nashriyats (transmissions) of the Pakistan Television. It was not unusual for the neighbours to gather at ...

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  • TThe Financial Action Task Force (FATF) team has arrived in Islamabad to look into the steps Pakistan has taken to get rescued from the grey list. If not removed in time, the black list of which North Korea and Iran are already candidates, will hound Pakistan in ways that will confirm what the US ...

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  • TThe China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has a third partner now. When Prime Minister Imran Khan paid his maiden foreign visit to Saudi Arabia, people back home knew it was going to be a call to relieve Pakistan of the financial burden pushing the country once again to seek another bailout ...

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  • TOn July 20 the Modi-led National Democratic Alliance was faced with its first vote of no confidence. The occasion marked barrage of criticism against the government for overpaying for the 36 “ready-to-fly” Rafale fighter jets. The president of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi ...

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  • TIran wants a peaceful Afghanistan and has, for long, opened its arms for the Taliban – its former foe – to give peace a chance in the war-torn country. Regionally speaking, every major country has some channel of communication with the Taliban, and with wisdom informing the US, it too ...

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  • TThe ‘China Model’ of International Relations is enshrined in the wisdom of having bilateral economic engagements despite geopolitical tensions. Within the region, China has a history of political disagreements with countries such as India, Taiwan, and Japan; however, these differences ...

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  • TOf late, India has tried to explain its relationship with Afghanistan in the context of civilization and cultural affinity. Not to forget the mention of Gandhara civilization, where, according to Indian historians, the famous Mahabharata character Gandhari lived. Studying the history of Gandhara ...

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  • TIn early August, a two-day inaugural meeting of Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee ended with the signing of a ground-breaking military corporation agreement that allows Pakistan’s army officer to be trained in Russia. Russia’s engagement with Pakistan has increased ...

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