The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday directed the federal government to immediately restore the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
While hearing the case, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani expressed unhappiness over government’s failure to restore PMDC within the given deadline and ordered its immediate restoration.
The judge also warned that ministers and other officials would be sent to jail in case of non-compliance with the court’s order. He said that the government’s actions were equivalent to slapping the court in the face.
The judge also sentenced the secretary health to six months in prison.
One of the ordinances promulgated by President Dr Arif Alvi led to the formation of a new body – Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) – thereby eliminating PMDC.
The PMC Ordinance was among those 11 presidential ordinances, which the government got passed in the form of bills from the National Assembly in a controversial manner amid ruckus by opposition members on November 7, 2019. The new body was declared illegal by the IHC in a set of petitions challenging the PTI government’s decision.
On March 12, IHC had heard the federation’s intra-court appeal against IHC order restoring the PMDC.
During the hearing, Advocate Zainab Janjua had lamented that the future of PMDC staff remained in limbo. To which, Additional Attorney General Mahmood Khokhar had said that his wife, who was also a member of the council, was facing delays as well.
Observing the irony, Justice Athar Minallah had remarked that the additional attorney general should then prioritise resolving the issue.
The bench had adjourned hearing till March 24.