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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday directed the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) to present arguments on November 22 in a petition challenging national Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) and examination regulations.

A single member bench of IHC comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb of IHC heard the petition filed by the MDCAT students against test results.

At the outset of hearing, the petitioner’s lawyer argued that the students who studied abroad would be considered foreign degree holders. This rule was also for MDCAT, PMDC, BDS and MBBS as well, he added.

The court asked whether there was any quota for overseas Pakistanis to this the lawyer answered in yes. The court asked the lawyer if he was overseas Pakistani then he also had to appear in MDCAT test for medical admission.

The lawyer said thousands of students wanted to appear in MDCAT but they were not being provided opportunity.

The PMC’s lawyer said soon arrangements would be made in Pakistan embassies abroad for overseas Pakistanis.

The petitioners’ counsel said that the test was taken in a marquee in Islamabad and results were received after two hours through E-mails.

The PMC had not denied these results in its answer, he added.

The court sought arguments from PMC and adjourned the case till November 22.

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