The Pakistan Medical Association was established in 1948 in Dhaka. It was inaugurated by the Quaid-e-Azam. The Speech of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, on the inauguration ceremony of Pakistan Medical Association in March 1948. “I have learnt with great interest that the Pakistan Medical Association has been formed and is going to be inaugurated on Saturday the 27th March, 1948 in Dhaka. This Association, I hope, will serve earnestly to organize the medical profession in Pakistan on a high level befitting our State. It can render many services if it is well organized and efficient. For example, it can help to speed up medical relief of which we stand in very great need indeed at present. It will also keep medical and social contact with similar interests in other parts of the world for exchange of views and ideas from time to time, and thereby establish better understanding in solving medical problems peculiar to various countries and Pakistan. I wish Pakistan Medical Association all success. – Pakistan Zindabad”
Message to the Pakistan Medical Association, Dhaka on the 26th March, 1948
It was later moved to Karachi to provide opportunity for its rapid development and growth, which became its permanent headquarters. In Karachi, a detailed Constitution was drafted and approved. The Association was registered under the Registration of Societies Act XXI of 1960 and branches were established all over Pakistan.
Pakistan Medical Association is the founder-member of the World Medical Association, and has always taken active and constructive part in its activities. Pakistan Medical Association is also an active member of confederation of Medical Association of Asia and Oceania. In 1961, at the request of British Medical Association mutual affiliation between British Medical Association and Pakistan Medical Association was achieved. In November 1966, a joint meeting of British and Pakistan Medical Association was held at Karachi. The Pakistan Medical Association was an active member of the Commonwealth Medical Association and took keen interest in its development and growth. The Association has taken active part in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th World Conference on medical education. The World Medical Association had decided to hold the Third World Conference on medical education in Pakistan. However, in view of the fact that Pakistan has no diplomatic relations with Israel, the Third World Conference could not be held in Karachi.