IHC summons health secy, others over contempt plea in PMDC case | Pakistan Today

IHC summons health secy, others over contempt plea in PMDC case

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has summoned officials, who are accused of disobeying the court’s order pertaining to the restoration of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), on Tuesday.

During Monday’s hearing, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani announced the order in response to PMDC Registrar Brigadier (r) Hafizuddin Siddiqui’s plea that officers of the Health Ministry, ICT administration and Ramna police disobeyed the court’s directives on April 1 after they stopped him from entering the council’s premises.

During the course of the hearing, counsels for the petitioner, Barrister Zafarullah Khan and Advocate Umer Sajjad Chaven, submitted that IHC has declared presidential ordinance of establishing Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) by dissolving PMDC ultra vires on February 11 and had restored the status of PMDC.

The petitioner made Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination Federal Secretary Tanvir Ahmad Qureshi, Joint Secretary Saeedullah Khan Niazi, Section Officer Ali Raza, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hamza Shafqat, ICT Magistrate Ali Javed and Ramna Police Station SHO Khurshid as respondents in the matter.

Barrister Khan apprised the bench that all the respondents were willfully defying the court’s orders, adding that after the restoration of the PMDC, his client had invoked the court’s jurisdiction by moving another contempt plea in the same matter.

Talking to TLTP, Barrister Khan said that the dysfunctional status of the medical educational regulatory body has adverse consequences on the field of medicine. “As many as 15,000 doctors are in queue to get their medical degrees validated,” he added.

He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab governments have advertised to appoint doctors in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, adding that the government should pay heed to problems of new medical graduates in wake of the pandemic.

Later, the bench summoned all the respondents to appear in person before court in the matter on Tuesday.

The Law Today Pakistan (TLTP) is an independent news service.