LARKANA, Jan 18: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Larkana chapter boycotted out-patients departments (OPDs) at the Chandka Medical College Hospital on Thursday in protest against the arrest of Prof Dr Saeed Ahmed Sangi, chairman of the department of cardiology at the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto University (SMBBU).
PMA leader Dr Shah Baig Chandio chairing a meeting of the association described the arrest as ‘highly condemnable’ and said that the treatment meted out to Prof Sangi by FIA was uncalled-for. He demanded immediate release of Dr Sangi.
FIA sources said that Dr Sangi was picked from his residence in Sachal Sarmast Housing Colony in Sukkur by an FIA team late Wednesday in connection with an FIR (9/2013) registered with the FIA HT circle in Karachi under the Passport Act.
The passport used by Dr Sangi to travel abroad showed his job as ‘private’ although he was a government servant, they said.
Dr Sangi’s counsel Shamsuddin Abbasi said that the professor was first taken to Sukkur and after a night’s stay there, shifted to
Karachi. The lawyer told Dawn on Thursday that the FIA did not disclose the name of the complainant.
According to sources, SMBBU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Akbar Haider Soomro had stated in his letter dated Oct 25, 2012 addressed to the interior secretary that Dr Sangi visited 40 countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Oman, India, Indonesia, Austria and the United States and barring a few all the visits were paid without an approval from the competent authority. The vice chancellor had also mentioned in the letter that Prof Sangi’s passport (No. L/100786) did not carry the entry ‘government servant’ in the column of profession. The VC requested the ministry of interior to investigate the matter and initiate action against Prof Sangi.
The assistant director of the regional passport office, Larkana, in a letter sent to the SMBBU Registrar, Dr Amanullah Jokhio, through a special messenger on Oct 18, provided copies of two applications submitted by Dr Sangi seeking a passport. In the applications, according to SMBBU spokesman Dr Abdul Waheed Memon, Prof Sangi identified himself as a ‘simple graduate’ and in the column ‘profession’ he ticked ‘others’. The spokesman urged the Sindh governor and chief minister to institute an inquiry against Prof Sangi.
Meanwhile, the Chandka Teachers Association (CTA) held a meeting on Thursday to condemn Prof Sangi’s arrest and said that the CTA and PMA would hold their meetings on Saturday in the Chandka Medical College to take stock of the situation.
During the CTA meeting, its chief Dr Badaruddin Junejo received a call from Prof Sangi, according to a press release issued by the association. It quoted Prof Sangi as saying that the FIR was registered on a complaint by an ‘unknown person’ from Naushahro Feroze.
The CTA meeting observed that it was a conspiracy to defame Prof Sangi, and urged the SMBBU management to provide legal aid to him.
Prof Dr Rafia Baloch, Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed Shaikh, Prof Dr Ghulam Murtaza Pathan, Dr Shahida Shaikh, Dr Shabnam Naz, Dr Afshan Bhatti and others attended the meeting.Dawn.