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Women fill Pakistan’s medical schools, but not profession

About 80 percent to 85 percent of medical students are female, but family pressure keeps many of them from practicing after they marry, while cultural barriers impose restrictions on those who do seek a career

By Rebecca Santana  /  AP, KARACHI, Pakistan

Among the students, some said a new quota was necessary. Others said it would be unfair.

“That would be injustice. Girls are studying harder,” said one male student, Aleem Uddin Khan, who said it took him two tries to get into Dow.

“If we want the seats, we should study hard,” he said.

The debate here echoes the “mommy wars” in the US, where women have been trying to figure out the balance between work and home life for years.

Midhat Lakhani, a Dow student, has only to look to her mother, who is a doctor, to know it is possible to pursue a career and have a family.

Her mom took her postgraduate exams 15 days after giving birth to Midhat’s sister.

“You have to be supermom, obviously,” she said.

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