KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) here on Tuesday suspended the operation of the notification of Sindh government to conduct fresh entry test for admission in the government-run medical colleges of the province.
According to details, a double bench of SHC headed by Justice Aqeel Abbasi heard the constitutional petition number 7852/ 2017 filed against the government’s decision to cancel the results of NTS tests for admissions in the government-run medical colleges and universities of Sindh province.
The petitioner had pleaded to declare the government notification dated November 11 for cancelling the NTS results for admissions in government-run medical colleges and universities as null and void.
During the hearing on Tuesday, the lawyer of the NTS submitted the power of attorney while the attorneys of PMDC and federal and Sindh government were also present.
The court directed the respondents to file their comments and it ordered that the operation of the government notification would remain suspended till the case is pending with the court. The government was also barred from announcing any new date for the conduct of fresh entry tests till the case is decided.
It may be noted that the petitioner, making the province of Sindh respondent through health secretary, NTS through its CEO and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) through its chairman, had submitted that the NTS is reputed company involved in providing services for conducting various examinations, tests and screening processes for the government and other institutions.
The petitioners denied the allegations of entry paper leak and said that the impugned notification was issued without lawful authority and is liable to be declared as null and void. They said that petitioner Haziq Khursheed was entitled to be given admission in medical college/university in accordance with the result of the NTS entry test, requesting the apex court to declare that no fresh test is required.
They also pleaded to declare that the test results of the entry test for MBBS and BDS for session 2017-18 are valid and liable to be acted upon. They requested to restrain the respondents or their agents from conducting any other entry test for MBBS and BDS for session 2017-18.
The court adjourned the case till December 15.