IHC holds well being ministry official in contempt over non-compliance of PMDC order


The secretary of the federal well being ministry was despatched contempt notices by a excessive court docket on Wednesday over a petition relating to the restoration of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). Respondents have been directed to look in particular person on the subsequent listening to of the case.

This was directed by a single-member bench of the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC), comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, on Wednesday as he heard the contempt of court docket case filed by council’s terminated workers towards the well being ministry’s secretary for re-sealing the workplaces of the council regardless of court docket orders restoring the constitutional physique.

Throughout Wednesday’s listening to, extra secretary of the well being ministry appeared earlier than the bench. Justice Kayani remarked that if the PMDC was not wanted anymore, the federal government ought to abrogate it by means of laws handed by the parliament with a two-thirds majority.

It is not going to undertaking a optimistic picture if the PMDC workers locked the ministry’s workplaces, he added.

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Through the Wednesday’s proceedings, the bench noticed that the ministry must ultimately restore the terminated workers of PMDC, subject their salaries in compliance with the court docket’s judgment.

How can the ministry seal an establishment which regulates the affairs of medical doctors, Justice Kayani inquired, expressing his astonishment at whether or not there have been any legislation and order subject which had led to sealing the council’s workplaces.

Justice Kayani additional remarked that the well being ministry mustn’t make a difficulty of restoring the PMDC and its workers a matter of its ego.

He requested what would be the final result if a physique of attorneys was terminated because the PMDC had been.

“Ought to the court docket ask the PMDC workers to enter their workplaces after breaking the locks, why shouldn’t well being ministry begin working with the identical workers,” he stated, including that these individuals might be restored per the decision of the single-member bench.

The bench additional noticed that the PMDC had been restored, and if the ministry had any reservations, it will probably file an intra-court attraction.

Justice Kayani added the officers who ordered to lock the workplaces of PMDC had dedicated an offence and ordered the well being ministry’s secretary, and different respondents to look in particular person earlier than the bench to reply on March 25.

The identical bench had dismissed the Pakistan Medical Fee (PMC) Ordinance whereas restoring the PMDC and its terminated workers. Nevertheless, when the well being ministry ordered to seal the PMDC workplaces virtually instantly, the staff of the council filed a contempt of court docket case towards the ministry.

Keep order for DRAP

The IHC on Wednesday issued a keep order towards the assembly of the promotion board of the Medicine Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP) whereas notices had been served to the Well being Ministry and the Institution Division.

The court docket has directed the respondents to submit para-wise feedback in response to the petition inside two weeks.

A single-member bench, comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, heard a petition moved by Drap Director Abdul Rasheed difficult the promotion board assembly.

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Petitioner’s counsel Ali Nawaz argued that civil servants have been working alongside Drap workers within the division. He contended that these civil servants haven’t been given equal alternative for promotions, claiming that junior Drap workers are being given precedence.

The petitioner urged the court docket to subject a keep order towards Drap’s promotion board assembly, scheduled for Thursday.

The petitioner requested the court docket to order for the preparation of guidelines with the approval of cupboard physique beneath sections (m)7, 14(1) and 15(5) of the Drap Act. He additional requested the bench to declare the departmental promotion committee, arrange for the appointments of administrators, as null and void.

Printed in The Specific Tribune, February 20th, 2020.

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