LAHORE: Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former premier Nawaz Sharif and leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) urged Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar to take notice of the hospital conditions in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well.
The statement was made through a tweet that came minutes after a two-member Supreme Court bench heard the suo motu notice case on the state of public hospitals in Punjab and warned the provincial government of halting development projects if no initiative is taken to improve healthcare and educational facilities.
“Will close down all projects, including Orange Line Metro Train, if health and education sectors are not improved,” the chief justice warned the provincial government.
Maryam Nawaz in her tweet stated in Urdu, ” Cheif Justice se iltimas hai k kuch tawajah sindh aur khyber pakhtunkhwa kay hospitals par bhi dain jahan se log ilaaj kay liye punjab k hospitals mein aatay hain” (Honourable Chief Justice is requested to take notice of the state of hospitals in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well from where patients come to hospitals in Punjab for treatment).
چیف جسٹس سے التماس ہے کہ کچھ توجہ سندھ اور خیبر پختونخواہ کے اسپتالوں پر بھی دیں جہاں سے لوگ علاج کے لیئے پنجاب کے اسپتالوں میں آتے ہیں۔ pic.twitter.com/blECMI5zzr
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) January 6, 2018
During the case’s hearing, CJP observed that the Punjab government is spending millions of rupees on its publicity. In its remarks, the court stated that free medicines aren’t being made available yet funds are being spent on publicity campaigns.
“Instead of seeking publicity on TV, the government should improve the situation in hospitals,” the chief justice remarked during the hearing.
The court also warned of closing down all private clinics that government doctors operate after office hours if the situation does not improve.