After their recent visit to Bangladesh, Pakistan Medical Delegation narrated their observations about the Bangladesh Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and the contributions made by Brig Malik Ali in the establishment and development of that institute. They commended Dr Ali’s hard work and continued contributions even though he is now in his mid eighties. Brig Malik Ali and many other doctors from the then East Pakistan served in the united Pakistan and were our dear colleagues. I would like to acknowledge their magnificent contributions to the health care facilities of our Pakistan Armed Forces. First and foremost, I would mention the name of Brig Nawab Ali [then major Nawab Ali] he obtained his MBBS degree from the prestigious Calcutta University with distinction. He joined the Pakistan army medical corps. Proceeded to the UK from where he acquired memberships of the Royal College of Physicians. He went for higher education and training in cardiology at the famous London Cardiac Institute, run under the leadership of the world famous cardiologist Prof Doctor Paul Wood.

Dr Nawab Ali returned to Pakistan and was posted to MH/Armed Forces Medical College as consultant physician in 1955. Cardiologist and an instructor (The army terminology for teaching assignment), he laid the foundations of the cardiology dept at MH Rawalpindi and installed cardiac facilities like phono-cardiography and others .He was the first teacher of medicine who introduced to us the new concepts of cardiology like opening snap, cardiac clicks and others .A thorough gentleman, he was humble to the core, hardworking and totally devoted to his patients and students. In the early 60’s President Ayub Khan‘s renowned personal physician Brig Sarwar passed away. The presidency asked GHQ for his replacement. GHQ sent a list of officers with Nawab Ali on the top, being the senior most and also highly qualified. Presidency ignored Nawab Ali and selected a junior officer from West Pakistan, Nawab Ali kept silent. Very soon the incumbent President’s physician was promoted to the rank of Lt Col, thus superseding major Nawab Ali. Nawab Ali then filed a representation asking for redress of his grievances of super-cession which was rejected. This episode had a very adverse effect on the morale of then East Pakistani medical officers.

Capt Malik Ali was our colleague and course mate in the specialization course. Returning from UK after getting training in cardiology; he was posted at MH Rawalpindi as a physician/cardiologist. He made significant contributions to the discipline of cardiology. He was later posted to then East Pakistan. He too was hardworking and devoted and dedicated to the profession .There were other East Pakistani medical officers like Lt Col M.A.R Khan a distinguished physician. He made immense contribution to the discipline of internal medicine of Pakistan.

Major Choudhry a renowned bacteriologist who worked at AFIP Rawalpindi under my father Col Prof Nur Ahmad’s command made large contributions to the department of bacteriology. There were many East Pakistani doctors who contributed to the administrative and field units set up of the Armed Forces Medical Services. Few of the East Pakistani doctors opted for Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Services and stayed in West Pakistan. The East Pakistanis were excellent human beings and dedicated professionals. Their West Pakistani colleagues and patients cherish their memories and appreciate their sterling contributions to the medical services of Pakistan.

LT GEN PROF MAHMUD AHMAD AKHTAR,

Lahore, December 20.