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Remembering our East Pakistani Armed Forces Doctors.

After his recent visit to Bangladesh, Prof, Ishaq has narrated his observations about the Bangladesh Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and the contributions made by Brig, Malik Ali in the establishment and development of that institute. He commended Dr. Ali 's hard work and continued contributions even though he is now in his mid eighties. Brig. Malik Ali and many others doctors from then East Pakistan served in the united Pakistan and were our dear colleagues. I would like to acknowledge their magnificent contributions to the health care facilities of our Pakistan Armed Forces. First and foremost I would mention the name of Brig. Nawab Ali [then major Nawab Ali], He obtained his MBBS degree from the prestigious Calcutta university with higher distinction. He joined the Pakistan army medical corps. Proceeded to the UK from where he acquired membership of all the Royal College of Physicians.

He went for higher education and training in cardiology at the famous London Cardiac Institute, run under the leadership of the world famous cardiologist Prof. Doctor Paul Wood.

Dr. Nawab Ali returned to Pakistan and was posted to MH/Armed Forces Medical College as consultant physician in 1955 /cardiologist and an instructor [The army terminology for teaching assignment] He laid the foundations of the cardiology dept. at MH Rawalpindi ,installed cardiac facilities like phono cardiography and others .He was the first teacher of medicine who introduced to us the new concepts of cardiology like opening snap, cardiac clicks and others .A thorough gentleman, he was humble to the core ,hardworking and totally devoted to his patients and students. In the early 60's President Ayub Khan 's renowned personal physician Brig Sarwar passed away.The presidency asked GHQ for his replacement .GHQ sent a list of officers with Nawab Ali on the top,being senior most and also highly qualified. Presidency ignored Nawab Ali and selected a junior officer from West Pakistan .Nawa b Ali kept silent.

Very soon the incumbent president's physician was promoted to the rank of LT COL thus superseding major Nawab Ali. Nawab Ali then filed a representation asking for redress of his grievances of supersession which was rejected.This episode had a very adverse effect on the morale of then East Pakistani medical officers.

Capt. Malik Ali was our colleague and course mate in the specialization course. Returning from UK after getting training in cardiology, he was posted at MH Rawalpindi as a physician/cardiologist. He made significant contributions to the discipline of cardiology. He was later posted to then East Pakistan.He too was hardworking and devoted and dedicated to the profession. There were other East Pakistani medical officer like Lt. Col. MAR Khan a distinguished physician [later became Major General [DGMS] BANGLADESH ARMED FORCES MEDICAL SERVICES]. He made immense contribution to the discipline of internal medicine of Pakistan .Major Siraj Jinnat[later Brig. Siraj Jinnat at Bangladesh ]who established the dept of Urology at CMH Rawalpindi in early 60's .Major Choudhry a renowned bacteriologist who worked at AFIP Rawalpindi under my father Col. Prof. Nur Ahmad 's command made significant contributions to the dept of bacteriology .The East Pakistanis were excellent human beings and dedicated professional s.

There were many East Pakistani doctors who contributed to the administrative and field units set up of the Armed Forces Medical Services. Few of the East Pakistani doctors opted for Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Services and stayed at West Pakistan. Their West Pakistani colleagues and patients cherish their memories and appreciate their sterling contributions to the medical services of Pakistan. We owe them at least vote of thanks and good wishes.
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Publication:Pulse International
Date:Dec 31, 2012
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