Tribunal summons Efroze Chemicals’ quality manager


The Defective Drugs Enquiry Tribunal comprising Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan of Lahore High Court issued notices to Atiq ur Rehman, Manager Quality, Muhammad Imtiaz, Quality Control Manager, and Fayyaz Ahmad Senior Quality Controller, Efroze Chemicals Limited, to appear before the tribunal on Tuesday (today) at 10am.
On Monday, the tribunal continued its proceedings and recorded statements to probe the matter to ascertain causes of deaths of patients of PIC caused by use contaminated drugs, determine if such causes relate to the use of certain drugs, the source of such drugs, fix responsibility at each stage and to make recommendations to prevent such incidents in the future.
Nadir Feroz, Director, appeared before the Tribunal and stated that Khurram Munaf, Director Technical, Efroze Chemicals Limited, could not appear the Tribunal on account of certain events that occurred at the Quaid-e-Azam Airport, Karachi. He assured the Tribunal that the witness will appear before the Tribunal Tuesday (today). Nadir Feroz was, however, directed to ensure the presences of the witnesses on the dates specified in notices sent to them. The statement of Shakeel Ahmad Khan, Efroze Chemical Limited Plant Plant GM, was partially recorded. He was directed to reappear before the tribunal on Tuesday when the tribunal will continue to record his statement.
LANGUAGE: The LHC on Monday called for reply in 10 days from federal government on a constitutional petition seeking court directions to the government to make Urdu an official language of the country per the constitution and vision of the father of the nation.
The court also summoned attorney general of Pakistan (AGP) before the court for assistance in the proceedings on the matter on the next date of hearing.
The court passed the order after hearing argument by petitioner counsel Advocate AK Dogar. The counsel pleaded that successive governments and state functionaries had violated provisions of the 1973 constitution by not giving status of official language to Urdu. He said several decades had passed since creation of Pakistan and even now English was official language in the country. He said the speeches of founder of the country Quaid e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah stressed on the need of making Urdu an official language of the country.
He contended Urdu was a langu franca of the country and the constitution also had clear provisions on the matter. He said in the last 64 years people had been denied the right to have their own language.
He said Article 251 of the constitution was about Urdu as national language which says, “National Language…..the national language of the Pakistan is Urdu and arrangements shall be made for it being used for official and other purposes within fifteen years from the commencing day”. He said constitutional provisions relating official language has not been implemented by the state functionaries for vested interests.
He said it was criminal negligence of the government which can not be tolerated. He prayed to the court to issue directions to the government to take steps to make Urdu an official language.
PROMOTING DSPS: LHC CJ Azmat Saeed on Monday summoned the Punjab inspector general of police (IGP) for April 24 on contempt petitions by deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) who were denied their due promotion to the rank of SPs.
Earlier, a DSP legal appeared before the court and submitted a report in the matter. However, the CJ observed that the Supreme Court had ordered the promotions of DSPs but these were not being complied.
He criticised the attitude of police and adjourning the matter till April 24 summoned the IG in person. The petitions had been moved in the court by Faisalabad Traffic Police DSP Mariam Naheed and Sheikhupura Police DSP Aslam Niazi for their promotions to the rank of SPs. Their counsel submitted that the department was not promoting them over the objection that they did not have the required two-year field work experience.
Arif Rasheed and others filed the petition submitting that their promotion to the rank of SPs was due since many years but the department’s high ups had not granted them promotion.
The petitioners said the SC had also ordered the department to promote them but the authorities had ignored the order too.