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Governance Structure
The Board of Commissioners is constituted under the PHC Act, 2010 for the general superintendence, direction and management of the Punjab Healthcare Commission. The Board is responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership to the Commission.
Board of Commissioners
Prof Dr Attiya Mubarak Khalid
Prof Dr Attiya is a senior health professional and a renowned professor of Anatomy. In a career spanning over 30 years, she has served as the Head of Department, and later as Dean, at the prestigious King Edward Medical University. She was also the Head of Department at the Punjab Medical College and the founding Principal of Gujranwala Medical College/ Gujranwala DHQ Hospital.
She was Convener Board of Studies at UHS Lahore. Having held key leadership positions, Prof Dr Attiya has extensive experience in administration and governance. Currently, she is serving as Convener of the Synopsis Review Committee at the UHS, is a Member of the Board of Studies at King Edward Medical University and is the Chairperson of the Board of Management at Gujranwala Medical College/DHQ Teaching Hospital.
Justice (Retd) Karamat Nazir Bhandari
A retired ad hoc Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice (Retd) Karamat Nazir Bhandari is considered one of the sharpest legal minds of the country. He acquired his LLB degree from University Law College in 1963. An advocate by profession, he was appointed as Judge of the Lahore High Court in 1994 and was later elevated to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2002 as ad hoc Judge. He also served as Assistant Advocate General Punjab in 1979 and held different positions at the Lahore High Court Bar Association, including Secretary of the Association in 1977 and later, as President in 1989. He also remained a member of Punjab Bar Council in 1978 and 1987.
He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Pakistan College of Law, where his main areas of teaching include Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure.
Ch Muhammad Ashraf
Educated at the University of Karachi and the Victoria University of Manchester (now the University of Manchester) United Kingdom, Chaudhry Muhammad Ashraf belonged to the erstwhile Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) cadre. As a field officer, he worked as Deputy Commissioner/Commissioner, and was also appointed as Director Food, Director Industries, Director General Rural Development, etc. Moreover, he served as Secretary at various departments in the Punjab Government and was appointed Secretary Health for two terms. He retired from government service as Chief Secretary Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Since his retirement, he has, in an honorary capacity, been involved with the governing bodies of various entities in the public sector and with philanthropic organizations, including Punjab Zakat Council, Punjab Local Government Commission, Evacuee Trust Property Board and National School of Public Policy; as well as several non-governmental organizations.
Mr GM Sikander
Mr GM Sikander has an illustrious career spanning over 35 years as a District Management Group Officer. During this time, he served as Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner at various districts in Punjab, where he contributed significantly towards social sector development. Mr Sikander served as Secretary to the Governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, heading a number of different departments and has served as Principal Secretary to five Chief Ministers in Punjab for almost 10 years.
After retiring as Federal Secretary Housing and Works Division, he is now associated with numerous welfare organizations in the public health and education sectors. He is Patron in Chief of DOST Foundation Pakistan, a Trustee of the Hamza Foundation and a Life Trustee of Marafie Foundation Pakistan.
Mr Sikander holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from Punjab University and a Diploma in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham.
Prof Dr Mira Phailbus
An eminent educationist of international repute, Prof Dr Mira Phailbus served as Principal at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, an institute she was associated with for 45 years. The greatest achievement in her 35 years of leadership as Principal was obtaining the Degree Awarding status and total autonomy for the College. On her retirement in 2004, she was appointed the honorary Founding Chairperson of the Pakistan Cricket Board (Women Wing), a post she held for 3 years. During her tenure, the Women’s Cricket Team qualified for the World Cricket Championship.
In 2007, Prof Dr Phailbus was appointed Minister for Education and Minority Affairs, Punjab, in the Caretaker Government. In 2013, she was appointed the first Ombudsperson, Punjab, under the Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010. She is the author of “Kinnaird Remembered” published in 2013, to coincide with the College centenary. She is currently serving on a number of University Syndicates and Boards. Dr Phailbus is recipient of 2 national awards; Pride of Performance in 1995 and the Sitara e Imtiaz in 2005.
Prof Dr Tariq Iqbal Bhutta
With over 55 years of experience in pediatrics and public health, Prof Dr Tariq Iqbal Bhutta graduated from King Edward Medical College (KEMC) in 1962 and holds an FCPS in Pediatrics (1968); DCH (London, 1970); FRCP (Edinburgh, 1994); and FRCP (Glasgow, 1996). He has served as President of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Registrar Nishtar Hospital Multan, Senior Registrar Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), Asst Prof KEMC and Prof of Pediatrics at Nishtar Medical College (NMC) and KEMC. He retired as Principal of NMC in 2000.
He has been involved with various associations, including the International Pediatric Association (IPA), where he was part of the Committee on Rational Drug Use (1996-1998); the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA), where he served on the Advisory Board (1994-2000), and the Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA), where he held the post of Secretary (1976-1978) and President (1988-1990 and 1994-1996). Furthermore, he has served the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) as Councilor and Vice President. He has also been affiliated with the World Health Organization (WHO), serving as an advisor in the field of immunization and drug classification.
For his outstanding work in the field of child health, he was awarded the Presidential Gold Medal in 1996.
Ms Fatima Fazal
Well known philanthropist, Ms Fatima Fazal has dedicated her time to many charitable causes in the health and education sectors. Her philanthropic journey began in 2002, when she associated herself with Nishtar Hospital Multan. Currently, she is the Vice President of Hunar Foundation and PakArab Technical Training Institute; organizations working to equip youth with skills that help to economically empower them.
She is President of Friends of Mayo Hospital, and also a Board member at charitable institutes, including Al-Mustafa Trust and Tarey Zameen Per, which focus on ensuring the provision of quality medical care to the masses. Her initiatives in health also include a mobile health dispensary. She has also been engaged in welfare projects in the education sector, working closely with Care Foundation Schools and Bunyaad Foundation’s Adult Literacy and Women Empowerment Program, which are working to provide education and vocational training to women in remote villages.
Mr Muhammad Usman Yousaf
Renowned media professional and acclaimed journalist Mr Muhammad Usman Yousaf has over 50 years of experience in the industry. During his career, he has held senior positions in a number of national dailies, with the longest stretch at the Daily Jang.
He started his career as a reporter and special correspondent for the Daily Hurriyet and an English Daily New Times, when he was a student under the direct guidance of Mr ZA Sulehri. After his university education, he worked in Urdu dailies as a Sub-Editor and News Editor. Prior to joining the Daily Jang, he was also News Editor of the only independent news agency, that is, Pakistan Press International.
Among other notable positions, he has served as the Chairman of the Editorial Committee Daily Jang, Group Editor Daily Ausaf and News Editor Daily Jang and Daily Musawaat. He was also a senior member of the founding editorial team of the Daily Pakistan. He has the honor of learning and performing his duties under the guidance of a number of renowned media legends. He has also delivered lectures at a number of health seminars organized by various medical and health bodies, including the World Health Organization.
Currently, he is Group Editor at the Daily Media.
Mr Shahzad Hussain
Mr Shahzad Hussain is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants United Kingdom. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, where he was elected member of its Council for a term of 4 years, and also served as Vice President (North), during which he chaired the Institute’s Discipline Committee.
In 1980, after briefly working at Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, he joined AF Ferguson and Co., a member firm of the PricewaterhouseCoopers network. In early 1990’s, he was admitted to partnership at the firm and in 2003, he was made Partner-In-Charge of the firm’s Lahore Office, where he served until his retirement in 2016. With vast experience in audit, tax practice and consultancy, he headed many assignments, including an Asian Development Bank funded assignment for Punjab Government Resource Mobilization, through which he acquired considerable experience in provincial government organization structures and procedures in various fields.
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