Supreme Court upholds LHC decision to disband PMDC

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan has upheld the verdict by Lahore High Court (LHC) to disband Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).

The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar issued a short order announcing the decision. It has also formed a committee led by retired SC judge Mian Shakirullah Jan to oversee the working of the health body.

Earlier, the LHC had struck down the composition of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and its 2016 regulations for admission to medical colleges.

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A division bench headed by Justice Ayesha A Malik and Justice Jawad Hassan heard the appeals moved by students and private colleges challenging formation of the PMDC, its regulations and Central Induction Policy 2016.

The bench set aside Sections 9 (c), 7, 8 and 11 of the impugned regulations, holding that PMDC was working under an amended ordinance of 2015 that had lapsed.

As a result, the bench had said, regulations made by the council also became ineffective.

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The bench also restored 2013 regulations, enabling private medical colleges to conduct admissions independently, with directives to the federal government to hold fresh elections of PMDC within three months.

However, the court had allowed the present council to carry out day-to-day affairs until lawful composition of a new council.

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