Fighting the greed element

By Zubeida Mustafa

THE love of money is the root of all evil. So we were told in the pre capitalist age. Now we are told the love of money is the root of all profits. And profit is king. This simple truth would explain why the bane of illicit organ trading is back with a bang. It is the money, stupid, as a shrewd cold blooded entrepreneur would explain.

Pakistan is fast re-emerging as the most bustling kidney bazaar in the world. And Dr Adibul Hasan Rizvi, director of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, is a disenchanted man today. He was the one who spearheaded the 15-year struggle to get the government to enact a law to regulate organ transplantation in Pakistan – and succeeded. At one stage he believed that he had won his battle against the organ mafia that was exploiting the needs of our poor and had our legislators in its grip when India banned organ trafficking in 1994.

That was when the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue Ordinance 2007 (passed by parliament later as an Act in 2010) created an infrastructural framework for organ transplantation that provided for ethical related transplant and deceased organ donation while banning unrelated commercial transplant. It forbade organ transplantation in foreigners.

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4 thoughts on “Fighting the greed element

  1. In 2004 I happened to visit the hospital set up by Nawaz Sharif on his estate in Raiwind near Lahore. On noticing a section of hospital full of Middle Eastern people I became curious. I was told that these people came over mainly for transplant surgery. This remained unconfirmed, and I wonder if journalists or the police investigated this hospital then. If such operations were carried out then, are they still being done?

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  3. Fighting the greed element
    I hold madam Zubeida Mustafa in high esteem for the outstanding job being carried on by her. She is spearheading the campaign of poor people,s rights. She really deserve eulogy for such peerless sincerity.
    Greed is curse, goes the saying. A greedy person always think just for his/her interests not caring for others. Greed is the root of the vices, this motto is still relevant in today,s world of avarice. It is the greed that entices a person to earn more either by hook or by crook. The thirst for wealth of a greedy person is never quenched, because it is an insatiable desire.
    Corruption is one of major evils germinated by greed. A person not content with his/her resources always strive to earn more and more. Amassing wealth would become the purpose of life unless death grabbed him/her off guard.

    Abdul Wahid Shabab

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