ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday adjourned hearing in a case pertaining to the dissolution of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) till December 31.
The medical regulatory body was dissolved through a presidential decree in October this year, paving the way for the establishment of a new organisation namely Pakistan Medial Commission (PMC).
At the outset of the hearing, the law ministry submitted its report over the issue to Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, who is hearing the case.
The counsel for PMC recalled that a bill related to PMC’s formation has been passed through the National Assembly and it will soon be presented in the Senate.
During the hearing, Justice Kayani questioned the status of six-month delayed salaries to its employees. To which, the court was told that the salaries were not paid as of yet.
Later on, the court summoned the record of salary payments and adjourned the hearing till Dec 31.
The same day when PMDC was dissolved, President Alvi had also signed a new ordinance titled ‘Pakistan Medical Commission Ordinance, 2019’ which noted that the “implementation of the new ordinance requires dissolution of current PMDC”.
However, the decision to dissolve PMDC was challenged in the IHC by the registrar of erstwhile PMDC, Brig (retd) Dr Hafizud Din and 31 employees, who maintained that an act of parliament gave powers to the government to dissolve the PMDC, but its president, vice president and the executive committee would stay intact till the appointment of newcomers after the elections which were to be held within one year.
The petition also said that the services of the PMDC employees were terminated without giving them a proper opportunity of hearing. It expressed apprehensions that the newly formed PMC may hire the services of new employees against the sanctioned and contractual positions through other modes after issuance of advertisement which would jeopardise the vested rights to serve the council’s previous employees.
It requested the court to declare the ordinance for the establishment of the PMC as unconstitutional and in the meanwhile allow the erstwhile PMDC employees to continue work in the newly formed commission.
IHC constituted a single-member bench featuring Justice Kayani to take up the petition. As the bench approved the petition for regular hearing, it issued notices to the secretaries to the president, cabinet division and law and health ministries, chief commissioner, attorney general and the president of the newly established Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) and adjourned the hearing till Nov 8.