Top AJK surgeon wins 7-year legal battle to attain designated grade

Published: January 15, 2018
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Dr Bashir Kanth. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Dr Bashir Kanth. PHOTO: EXPRESS

MUZAFFARABAD: Renowned clinician Dr Bashir Kanth, who performed more than 10,000 surgeries and produced 50 civil and army surgeons, has finally won his right to be granted BPS-22 official grade after a seven-year legal battle.

Dr Kanth, who served the profession from 1977 to 2010, was deprived of his right to retire in the said grade as the region’s top bureaucracy created hurdles for him.

“In 2010, the then Prime Minister Farooq Haider hailed my medical services and promoted me to BPS-22,” Dr Kanth told The Express Tribune on Monday.

“My feelings were at the highest level while receiving the reward from the government but at the same time top bureaucracy refused to retire me in grade 22, and that was the shocking moment of my life,” he added.

‘Doctors in Pakistan give less time to patients’

Dr Kanth said the top court and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) High Court accepted his plea while recognising his service for the ailing humanity, and he received his right to be promoted to the maiden grade 22 in the AJK health department.

“Ultimately, justice was delivered [to me] after seven-year of legal battle,” the former practitioner expressed.

According to the veteran expert, overhauling the existing bureaucracy was the need of the hour, saying the officers are the servants of the state and answerable to people.

Sharing his future ambitions, Dr Kanth said he wanted to establish organised committee health services, saying his endeavour will be financed by his family and relatives.

Young doctors, he maintained, must continue serving humanity with dedication regardless of religious beliefs, cast or creed.

Besides thanking the judiciary and others, the senior surgeon also expressed gratitude to his lawyers Attaullah Chak and Raja Hanif for fighting his case free of cost.

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  • Dr Bashir Ahmed Wani
    Jan 16, 2018 - 10:19PM

    During my short service in AJK Forest Department from 1976 – 1981 my acquaintance with Dr. Kanth impressed me, found him one of the most honest, competent and dedicated surgeon doctors in the State. It is unfortunate to know that such a noble and humble person as Dr. Kanth has always been could not escape the machinations of our witched bureaucracy and had to struggle for seven years. Happy to know that Dr. Kanth has been successful with his indomitable patience. His outstanding services to AJK State deserve much more than BPS 22. Recommend

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