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Pakistan is the 6th most populous country in the world with a population of over 190 million. ‘Pakistan Association of Pathologists (PAP)’ is the common platform of all Pathologists of Pakistan; its foundation was laid in 1975 and since early 1980s it regularly holds its annual conferences in a city of Pakistan.
In 2016, 39th annual conference of PAP will be held in Peshawar from Nov 25-27. Currently over 800 pathologists from all sub-specialties (Histopathology & Cytology, Haematology, Microbiology, Chemical Pathology & Immunology) are regular members of PAP.
At about the same time in 1986, PAP took initiative to go ahead with ‘IAP-Pakistan Division’ which was formally approved in IAP Vienna congress. In later years however, unfortunately though PAP activities continued, this chapter became dormant so much so that relatively younger generation of pathologists even did not know that it existed.
To our fortune in December, 2011 in a pathology course I met Professor Ho-Keung Ng, Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Medicine and Department of Anatomical & Cellular Pathology Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He motivated us and facilitated revival of IAP-Pakistan Division in 2012. David F. Hardwick, Secretary International Academy of Pathology also helped us to get back our international status. I am Founding President of ‘IAP– Pakistan Division’ and in 2016 membership of IAP-Pakistan Division stands at 160.