Doctor who sent a friend request to Sharmeen Obaid's sister fired from job

11:07 PM | 26 Oct, 2017
Doctor who sent a friend request to Sharmeen Obaid's sister fired from job
KARACHI - A physician who tended to the sister of Emmy award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid at a Karachi hospital, has been fired from his job for “disregarding his ethical values and showing unprofessional behaviour”.

The doctor’s dismissal comes days after Mahjabeen Obaid, the sister of Pakistan’s first Academy Award winner, visited the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), Karachi for her treatment. After a while, she received a friend request from the same doctor.

Sharmeen, the six-time Emmy Award and two-time Oscar winner, taking the issue to social media vowed to report this case of “harassment” last week.

In a series of tweets, she said: “There are zero boundaries in #pakistan! Last night my sister went to AKU emergency & the doctor who tended to her tried 2 add her on FB 1/2"

“I don’t quite understand how doctor tending 2 emergency patients thinks it’s ok to take a female patient info & add her on FB! 2/2 unethical”

Days after the Saving Face director, who is believed to be very influential in her hometown from where the fuss started, raised her voice against the doctor, it is reported that the medical practitioner, a father of four, has been kicked out from the hospital.

While it is quite clear that trying to connect with someone on social media doesn’t come under the charges of harassment, it is still unethical for a medical expert going through the medical records of his patient and approach her outside.


For some it might be normal as it was “just a friend request”, while majority of the netizens criticised the documentary maker for the way she highlighted the issue.

Some even tried to be sarcastic:

There were also a few patriotic Pakistanis, who lambasted Sharmeen for defaming the country:

Nonetheless, the family did find some support as well.