'Arya Mohalla doctor'.
Byline: Ibna Ismail - Islamabad
THIS is with reference to the write-up 'Arya Mohalla doctor among UK offshore property owners' (March 14).
The investigative reporter has shown great disdain for the location where the said doctor was running her clinic, and in a way implied the incredulity of the idea that a person having a clinic in a 'poor' locality could possibly have an offshore property.
'Rawalpindi's poor Arya Mohalla' was not always poor. In fact, during the pre-partition days, it used to be a posh area where Hindus and Sikhs had built huge havelis and mansions with big courtyards within, and these can still be seen. The elitist continued living in this area till the capital was shifted.
As regard the doctor's clinic in an area defined 'poor', as far as I remember the clinic was previously being run by the father, who too was a doctor at the time of partition. So to undermine the financial capacity of the doctor is not justified.
For the record, the doctor moved to the capital quite some time back, and established the first private hospital in the most 'posh' area of Islamabad.