SC expands suo moto against doctors’ strike


A division bench of Supreme Court (SC) Lahore Registry on Monday expanded jurisdiction of the suo motu notice taken against doctors’ strike against all the major health problems in the province including deaths by spurious drugs, increasing polio and hepatitis and unused health regulations for all sectors linked to public health.
The bench noted that strikes did not suit the respected profession of doctors. Refusing to treat patients was against basic human rights, the court observed. The SC had taken notice of the doctors’ strike and deaths of over 120 cardiac patients by spurious drugs provided by the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).
The bench comprising of Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani and Justice Mian Saqib Nisar constituted a six member committee of senior doctors to assist the court on the possible regulations, ways and procedural mechanisms needed to streamline the entire heath sector.
The committee comprising of Dr Zafar Iqbal, Dr Javed Zaheer, Dr Faisal Masood, Dr Javed Raza, Dr Anwaar A Khan and Dr Saad Basher will appear before the court on WednesdayFebruary 22 to assist court on all the matter.
CNG STATION CONSTRUCTION STAYED: The Lahore High Court stayed construction of a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station in residential area of Allama Iqbal town and issued notices to OGRA and others respondents for May 31, directing them to file a reply on the matter.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah passed this order on a petition filed by Muhammad Ashraf Khan advocate challenging establishment of CNG stations in residential areas of the province. The petitioner advocate pleaded under the LDA Act 1975 and Local Government Ordinance 2001 commercial activities could not be carried out in residential areas but the Punjab government and LDA has allowed people to convert residential areas into commercial venues after paying the commercialisation fee. He said government was violating rules and regulations in this regard.
LAW MISUSED: Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday remarked that the law under section 489-F of PPC, which dealt with issuance of bogus cheques was being misused by the people largely. The CJP regretted that people were taking shortcuts by converting civil litigation into criminal litigation. The CJP gave these remarks hearing an appeal seeking cancellation of bail granted to a man involved in case of issuing a bogus cheque. Muhammad Saleem got a case registered under 489-F of PPC against Muhammad Nawaz. The accused got bailed out and the complainant approached the court for cancellation of the bail.


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