The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has overturned a single-member bench’s decision to block the appointment of Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) members.
According to details, on Wednesday, IHC Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of the single-member bench declared the appointment of PMC members to be illegal.
As a result, PMC President Dr. Arshad Taqi and Vice President Mohammad Ali Raza, as well as other PMC members Rashana Zafar, Tariq Ahmed Khan, Dr. Rumina Hassan, and Dr. Asif Loya, and Dr. Anisur Rehman, were removed.
However, PMC President Dr. Arshad Taqi immediately filed an appeal against the single-member bench’s decision. On Thursday, Justices Aamer Farooq and Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan heard the review petition and suspended the decision.
After President Arif Alvi signed the PMC Ordinance 2019, the Pakistan Medical and Dental Commission (PMDC) was replaced as the country’s apex healthcare education regulatory body in October 2019.
PMDC was restored by IHC in February 2020. However, the PMC Act 2020 was unanimously approved by a joint session of parliament in September. The appointment of the PMC President, Vice President, and other members had been announced by the federal government.
A few months later, a petition was filed in IHC challenging the appointment of PMC council members. Earlier this week, a decision in favour of the petition was announced. However, it only took one day for IHC’s judges to overturn their colleague’s decision.