Dr. Sadiq Mohyuddin Meets PM Shaukat Aziz

Dr. Sadiq Mohyuddin and his sister Rehana Khan with
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in Islamabad

Dr. Sadiq Mohyuddin, a prominent medical doctor who has made sustained strivings for resolving problems of Pakistani doctors in the US and lobbying for the Kashmir cause, met Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz during a recent visit to Pakistan. Among the issues he took up for discussion with the PM were visas for Pakistan doctors and students and trade issues between Pakistan and the US.
He was warmly received by the Prime Minister in view of his valuable services to Pakistan, particularly his lobbying for the Kashmir cause in the United Nations circles, particularly with the UN secretary General Mr Kofi Annan. He has also met several senators and congressmen and urged them for an early resolution of the Kashmir conflict. Dr Mohyuddin has organized several debates on the platform of the World Affairs Council which have been attended by ambassadors of Pakistan and India.
During his meeting with the Prime Minister, Dr Mohyuddin urged the direct involvement of President Musharraf and the Prime Minister with the US authorities to facilitate a speedy visa process for Pakistani doctors who are eager to come to the US before the commencement of the academic year on July first.
He also referred to the difficulties faced by Pakistani students in getting visas for pursuing studies at American universities. The Prime Minister told Dr Mohyuddin that he had taken up all these matters with the State Department and President Musharaf too had discussed them with President Bush.
Rehana Khan, sister of Dr Mohyuddin, was also present at the meeting. She is the director of V.N.A. Home Health Care Service in St Louis and offered her expertise to provide similar services in Pakistan. She volunteered to set up a joint venture - a Nursing School - in Pakistan. Currently nurses visas are ‘open for entry to USA.’ America needs one million nurses in the next ten years. India and Philippines have ongoing programs to send nurses to the USA. Teachers are also in great demand in America. This avenue should also be explored. Prime Minister Aziz encouraged Rehana Khan to look into the possibility of setting up the joint venture and provided her Ministry of Health contacts to proceed further in this regard.



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