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Zardari asks govt to consider PAF medical college plan

07 August, 2012

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, on Monday, advised the government to consider the feasibility plan prepared by the Pakistan Air Force for the establishment of a medical college at Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) on priority and expedite the process for early start of work on the project.

He was chairing a briefing at the Presidency on setting up of a medical college and a hospital in Shaheed Benazirabad, Sindh.

During a presentation, the Pakistan Air Force gave a detailed briefing to the president on the findings of the feasibility study on the proposed project that they had conducted. Those present during the briefing included Naveed Qamar, Dr Hafeez Sheikh, Dr Firdaus Ashiq Awan, Secretary General Salman Faruqui, Dr Asim Hussain, Farhatullah Babar, Dr Nadeemul Haq, Syed Murad Ali Shah, and senior officials of the departments concerned.

Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Air Marshal Asim Sulaiman, Air Vice Marshal Sohail Aman and other PAF officers also attended the meeting. President's spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar while giving details of the meeting said that the president during his visit to Shaheed Benazirabad last September had observed the need for the establishment of a medical college and a hospital.

The spokesperson said that since the Pakistan Air Force had presence in Nawabshah, they had been asked to prepare the feasibility report for establishing the college. Air Vice Marshal Sohail Aman briefed the meeting about the findings of the feasibility report highlighting various aspects of the project and the requirements for the establishment of the medical college. Briefing the meeting, Aman said that the plan envisaged an independent medical college with an initial yearly intake of around 100 students.

He said the primary purpose of the institution would be to have a co-education facility capable of ensuring high quality in terms of education, faculty, student and facilities. He also briefed the meeting about the initial land and financial requirements of the proposed project.

The spokesperson said that the briefing on proposed medical college was followed by another briefing about the construction of high-rise buildings in Karachi and other parts of the country. He said that during the presentation the president reiterated his call that land had become a scarce commodity and all residential and commercial buildings had to move up vertically rather than horizontally so as to economise the land usage.

The president said that in view of rising population of the major cities, it was essential to rationalise and harmonise the procedure for giving permission for high-rise buildings.

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