PMDC dissolution ‘null and void’ by IHC

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad
High Court recently declared Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC)
dissolution null and void.

A divisional bench
comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani announced the decision on identical
petitions filed against the dissolution of the council by a presidential
ordinance signed by President Dr Arif Alvi.

The presidential ordinance
had paved way for the establishment of a new nine-member body namely the
Pakistan Medical Commission. Following the promulgation, the Ministry of
National Health Services (NHS) through the federal capital’s district
administration and police had taken over the possession of the PMDC building
and shut down the office.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(PTI) government’s move was declared “undemocratic” by the Pakistan Medical
Association and led to a series of protests across the country.

The sacked PMDC employees
had challenged their termination and dissolution of the council in the high
court and argued that the government had not followed the criteria set by the
top court for the promulgation of ordinances in a 2018 verdict

The petition contended that
although the Parliament was empowered to dissolve the PMDC but the president,
vice-president and the executive committee of the council would stay till a new
commission was elected through annual elections. It also pointed out that the
government was unauthourised to appoint an official below grade 20 to head the
executive committee.

The petitioners maintained
that the PMDC employees were terminated without an opportunity for hearing and
expressed reservation over the newly-formed PMC that it may hire employees on
sanctioned and contractual posts through varying modes which may jeopardise
chances of previous PMDC employees.

-DN Report

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