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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) was moved on Monday against the examination regulations 2021 introduced by the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC).

Former secretary Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) Waqas Malik advocate submitted the petition, saying he has filed the case as per the desire of late Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan.

The lawyer said Dr AQ Khan, before his death, was worried due to the discriminatory attitude with the young doctors and had instructed him to file this petition on his behalf.

He continued that he had got signature of Dr AQ Khan on the power of attorney and the plea, which was supposed to be filed on this day.

Malik said now he wanted to pursue this case himself after the demise of the national hero.

In his petition, he cited the PMC, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, and others as respondents.

He stated that the baton-charge against the protesting young doctors had affected the image of Pakistan internationally.

It further said the decision of dissolving Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and setting up the PMC created flaws in the system.

The petition said new test system had been introduced for the medical students and its fee had been increased to Rs6,000, adding it was not correct to introduce new test system without giving appropriate time to students.

Therefore, he prayed before the court that students should be promoted on merit instead of adopting a commercial approach.

He also prayed before the court to declare examination regulations 2021 of the PMC as null and void.

Meanwhile, a single bench of IHC reserved its judgment in a petition against construction of Margalla Avenue without its approval in line of environmental hazards.

The bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq heard the case filed by the citizens of the federal capital against the construction of Margalla Avenue along the Margalla National Park.

The petition said that the application for approval in line of environment was given after the start of construction. The bench asked what would be the future of Margalla Avenue, if the approval was not granted.

The lawyer representing Capital Development Authority (CDA) Ali Bokhari informed the court that Margalla Avenue Package-I was continuing since 2012 and its 50 percent work had been completed.

The Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) stated that this department was responsible for the protection of Margalla Hills and it was not consulted regarding the matter.

Bukhari said that there were neither houses nor trees in Package-I of the project.

The court said that anyone could file a petition regarding the environmental problem. The bench said that environment meant not only trees but everything like protection of wildlife and controlling its pollution.

The bench reserved its verdict after hearing the arguments.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021


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