The step could provide an opportunity to patients, especially those suffering from cardiac problems, to benefit from the expertise of Indian doctors, said Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Secretary Dr Haq Nawaz. A PMDC official said the Council received a request from a medical association of Aligarh regarding recognition of the MBBS degree of India and it was deliberating on the proposition. He said the Council had decided that the case should be processed through the Indian government and the Indian Medical Council.
PMDC Secretary Dr Nadeem Akbar said the Council had been primarily exploring the possibilities of such arrangements at the SAARC level. "It will be better if the recognition of the MBBS degrees is not limited to India," the Dawn quoted him as saying.
Welcoming the initiative, a senior doctor said a number of Pakistanis worked in the UN agencies and embassies in SAARC countries, especially India, and their spouses (who are medical professionals) could not practice medicine because of non-recognition of degrees. Same was the case with the spouses (medical professionals) of those working here, he added. "If the proposal of recognition of MBBS degrees is implemented on a reciprocal basis, it will benefit the people of SAARC countries mutually," he said.