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Hanif Abbasi’s daughter resigns from Benazir Bhutto Hospital due to ‘political victimisation’

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 17, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 17, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat’s call to the hospital’s MS escalated the situation

The resignation of incarcerated PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi’s daughter Dr Areeba Abbasi has become a hot topic after she alleged that the medical superintendent of Benazir Bhutto Hospital in Rawalpindi had been victimising her because of her father’s political affiliations.

After Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat, a self-described ‘brother’ of her father’s, got involved the issue became even more heated.

In the resignation letter she sent the health secretary of Punjab on December 14, Dr Areeba said she joined the hospital in 2017 and since then has served as a casualty medical officer and then in the pathology department. She was then appointed as a medical officer in the dermatology department. However, the hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Tariq Niazi suddenly transferred her to the emergency department.

She said there were no behavioural issues that would have spurred this transfer and she wasn’t given any explanation for the multiple transfers. When she asked Dr Niazi to reappoint her to the dermatology department, he refused.

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She alleged that the MS had an issue with her father and was politically victimizing her, as he had “strong relations” with the PTI.

An audio recording of the call between Dr Niazi and Basharat was released, in which the latter asked the MS to transfer Dr Areeba back to the dermatology department. “The important thing is that we don’t want our tenure to be marred by accusations of political victimization of children,” Basharat told Dr Niazi. Hanif Abbasi is our brother and, putting politics aside, children are all the same, he said. They are like my children too, he added.

Dr Niazi refused, saying that if he did so then “all the other girls would want to be transferred too”. The call got heated, with Basharat threatening to have Dr Niazi transferred.

Tomorrow you won’t be in this hospital then, he threatened.
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