SC dissolves PMDC, formulates interim setup

January 12, 2018
Samaa Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) Friday dissolved the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and constituted an interim committee headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice Shakirullah Jan.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar while issuing short order remarked that the committee would run the affairs of the council until the new council was formulated.

He remarked that the interim committee would continue its work, while the same setup would conduct inspection of medical colleges after forming a separate committee. Attorney General would also be a part of the setup and form the structure of PMDC.

The chief justice maintained that he would personally monitor the entire process, however the secretary would hold his position in PMDC. The medical colleges' representatives of the four provinces and Islamabad including attorney general would be a part of the committee, the court ruled.

The Supreme Court had regretted that the government had failed to introduce a new law after the PMDC (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 lapsed in April of 2016 and the matter went to the high court.

The court was hearing the PMDC's appeal against a Lahore High Court decision of December last year ordering the dissolution of the PMDC council. Sardar Latif Khosa, the council for Dr. Asim criticised the government for operating PMDC despite the expiry of the related ordinance.