President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday became the first President to donate all his body organs, after signing a landmark bill to regulate transplant of human organs in the country.
The President made the announcement of “donating his whole body” after his life, as he inked the document in a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr, also attended among others by Federal Ministers and health experts.
President Zardari said he took the decision in light of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s philosophy of living for others.
The President said Pakistan was singled out in the world community due to the notorious trade of organ transplant of body organs and urged the Parliament and the doctors to create awareness about the issue among the masses.
He asked the doctor’s community to inform the government in case of any violation and help save precious lives.
“No law can be effective without people’s support,” the President said and sought the help of the masses in countering the illegal trade.
The President said “Pakistanis were a responsible nation and known for being thoughtful, forgiving and loving.”
Zardari said only a small mindset was bringing bad name to the country. “What we look for is discipline of mind,” he added.
The law that now makes sale and unauthorized transplant of body organs punishable with up to 10 years in prison provides for a regulatory mechanism, including a high-level federal monitoring authority and evaluation committees, for the removal, storage and transplantation of human organs and tissues for therapeutic purposes.
The President said by using modern technology, Pakistan can be made a better place to live in and appreciated the political consensus evolved to make the legislation a success.