SC seeks reports in human organ transplantation case



The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the federation and all four provincial health secretaries to submit concise reports in the human organ transplantation case.

A division bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Tariq Masood, heard the suo moto case.

The bench remarked that Pakistan had become the world centre for sale and purchase of kidneys.

During the course of proceedings, Dr Babar Awan, the counsel for Al-Syed Hospital Rawalpindi, submitted that a case regarding human organ transplantation was pending before the court.

He said the police were teasing the hospital administration and employees in the name of investigation, adding that a senior doctor of the hospital had gone abroad due to the registration of an FIR against him.

Upon this, the chief justice stated that the court would not issue any order to the police in this regard, but remarked that if the hospital administration thought the police were harassing them, then they could challenge the police action in the court.

The counsel told the court that sometimes kidneys had to be arranged outside (of the) family as in certain cases family members’ kidneys did not match with the patient’s. On this, the chief justice remarked that if there was any indisposition in the law regarding human organ transplantation, then it could be amended.

Justice Jamali further remarked that the court would not allow illegal business of human organs in the name of kidney transplantation as it was tarnishing the image of the country worldwide.

Babar Awan also told the court that India was at the top in kidney transplantation.

The court meanwhile sought details regarding human organs transplantation and adjourned the hearing of the case till last week of August.