KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali has said that the summary of renaming Sindh Medical College Karachi into “Jinnah Sindh Medical University” has been approved. Chairing the meeting of delegation of Sindh Medical College at the CM Secretariat on Monday, CM Qaim Ali Shah said that President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari had directed to raise the status of Sindh Medical College to university level, while other issues for further extension and expansion will be made as per need and requirement.The meeting, which discussed problems and issues of Sindh Medical university, also attended among others by Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq, Sindh Law Minister Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Saleem Jan, Professor Tariq Rafi, Dr Javed Suleman, Dr Humayon Bashir, Dr Qaisar Sajjad, Etrat Rizvi, Dr Azam Khan, Prof Saeed Akhtar, Dr Shahabullah Khan, Dr Sameer Qureshi, Principal Secretary to CM Siddique Memon, Law Secretary Syed Ghulam Nabi Shah and others.Qaim underlined the need to meet the challenges of higher education, professional dignity, competition and adoption of latest knowledge, so as to bring better results in medical education. “Like Dow Medical University, we want to see this institution as a prestigious and quality oriented institution, as the same was founded by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.”Regarding criticism by certain elements, the CM made it clear that there will be no bar or hindrance on applying for admission from students of any part of the province. Qaim assured that provincial government will resolve administrative, legal and financial issues of newly elevated Medical University.Earlier, it was informed that as per the PMDC rules and requirements, it is obligatory compulsory to have a full fledged hospital affiliated with the university; as such the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) has been made part of medical university. The meeting was informed that after 18th amendment, the JPMC has been devolved to Sindh government. The meeting discussed other issues also.ALTAF FLAYS PESHAWAR BLAST: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned the suicide blast on Abdara Road in Peshawar near the office of the UN Refugee Agency. Expressing his grief and sorrow on the deaths of several innocent persons in the attack, Altaf Hussain said that wave of extremism and the suicide attack was aimed at destabilising Pakistan. He said that the elements that were killing innocent people in order to weaken Pakistan and bringing a bad name to Islam were enemies of the humanity. He extended sympathies to the grieving families of the people who lost their lives in the blast and prayed for the good health and speedy recovery of the injured, including women and children. He demanded of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, and Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik to take serious notice of the suicide blast outside the UN office. He called for effective steps for protecting the life and property of the people. He said that practical steps should be taken to foil the conspiracy bring hatched for creating instability in Pakistan.