ABOUT ONE year back, the Biotech regulatory process in Pakistan was jolted due to the issues surrounding Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed’s conduct with reference to Monsanto’s Bt Corn recommendation case in the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). It had been admitted by Monsanto Pakistan that the report had been prepared by it as per instructions received!
The relevant news story was published in national newspaper, titled: “Foreign company speaks on GM corn field trials”.
Even after the passage of one year, nothing has come out of this case. Either the allegations were true or false and it should have been determined by now. But our regulatory system is still so weak that there is no way to determine such cases where ethical or scientific issues are involved.
Jabbar Afzal @Karachi