Gilgit, August 27: Speaker Wazir Baig triggered a controversy during his visit by claiming that Dr. Khadija, a lady doctor serving the region selfless for several months, was drawing a salary of rupees 100,000 per month from the government also.
Dr. Khadija rubbished the claim by confronting the Speaker. She said that she is employed temporarily by the Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan and she does not draw any salary from the government.
On insistence of the newsmen present at the moment about source of the information, the Speaker said that the information about payment of 100,000 rupees to the lady-doctor was shared with him by the director of Health department during a briefing. He said that the same claim was made by GB Health Secretary during a briefing.
The local people have demanded an investigation into the matter. Many have expressed fear that some official of the health department might be fraudulently drawing the salary in Dr. Khadija’s name, without her information.
The Speaker later apologized from Dr. Khadjia and said that the matter will be investigated.
The local people have appealed to the GB Chief Court, Public Accounts Committee and Health Minister to take notice of the situation and stop the salary if it is being withdrawn in the name of MO Gulmit Hospital, because there is no Medical Officer in Gojal for the last three years.