SC suspends Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, forms interim committee to take charge

The Supreme Court on Thursday suspended the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and ordered an interim committee to take charge of its affairs, DawnNews reported.

The seven-member interim committee will be headed by retired Justice Shakirullah Jan. Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf will also be part of the setup and will help draft legislation for the body, as per the SC's order.

The interim committee will have the authority to inspect medical colleges as well, the order said.

Announcing his verdict in court, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said that he will monitor the interim setup personally.

A detailed verdict has yet to be released.

“If the PMDC is illegal then it cannot be allowed to continue,” the CJP had observed on Thursday while heading a three-judge bench that had taken up an appeal of the PMDC against the Dec 7, 2017 Lahore High Court decision of dissolving the council and striking down its admission regulations 2016.

Barrister Ali Zafar, the counsel for the Pakistan Association of Private Medical and Dental Institutions (PAMI), had argued that the PMDC council was functioning unlawfully because it had been created under the PMDC (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 which had lapsed on April 25, 2016 and, therefore, all acts done and regulations passed by it were also unlawful.

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Fuente: DAWN