Dr Saeed Akhter is one of the world's leading
transplant surgeons, and one of the few
Pakistani doctors who refuses to operate unless
both the donor and recipient are related.
His stance has led him into a battle with his
own colleagues to stop the sale of live organs.
He said: "Right now it's become a trade which
is a disgrace to the country. So I feel, it
happens every day in my practice where someone
walks in and says why I can't sell it to you,
and we say no, we don't sell organs here."
Each year hundreds of kidneys are sold to
patients who come from abroad, to so called
'organ tourists'. Poverty stricken
villagers feel it's their only option to earn
some extra money. Many donors are left with
scars and an uncertain future.
With large debts and a new wife and child,
Tariq found an agent to sell his kidney.
The agent took a commission and
left Tariq with just $150.
Tariq told Al Jazeera how the money changed
his life: "For a little while things were okay.
Firstly I paid my debts. And then I had to live
on some of it myself. But I was unable to work
for a year because of the operation."
Dr Zahid and his father Colonel Muktar Shah
at the Kidney Centre in Rawalpindi have
performed over three thousand live organ
transplants. It is a service that they
say helps those most in need, their patients.
Zahid said that it was not just a
business transaction, it was one person saving
the life of another.
He said: "If you have no direct relatives who
can donate an organ what do you do, stay on
Zahid said that Pakistan has to develop a
system of cadaveric transplants which is
perfectly allowable in Islamic Law.
Analysts say that supporters of such a plan
say it would be relatively simple to implement.
Every Pakistani resident would have a donor
card, linked to three main trauma centres around
the country and organs removed from the dead
could easily be transported via the nations'
extensive airline network.
It is a plan that Pakistan's leaders
have been sitting on for fifteen years, and
despite some impressive paper shuffling from the
current health minister, successive governments
have done nothing to implement the laws and ban
the sale of live organs.
Tariq said: "The constitution and Islam says
all are equal and therefore there should be no
need for a man to sell a kidney to survive.
"I hope no one else, ever has to be in such a
position like me, that they would have to