The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has written to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, requesting that the former ruling party’s long march be postponed till 4 p.m. on November 13 to allow for the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) that day.
MDCAT has previously been delayed for two months, and the final date was recently announced. Rumours of its postponement began to circulate recently, but were ultimately put to rest when PMC published a statement last Saturday confirming that the test will be held as scheduled.
In his letter, PMC President Lt Col (retd) Ghulam Shabbir emphasised the delay, stating that if the test is delayed further, pupils’ school year will be lost.
He also mentioned that students and parents are concerned about getting to exam centres due to protests in Punjab.
Given these circumstances, the PMC chief requested that the long march be postponed until 4 p.m. on November 13.
In related news, in light of the upcoming PTI long march and demonstrations, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police have requested that their authority be extended to Islamabad International Airport (IIA) and motorways.
According to ICT Police, any disaster at the airport or on any of its flights will harm the country’s reputation, and a lack of access to these areas will harm interprovincial commerce, security, and the economy.