PPSC case: LHC summons Punjab Secretary Specialised Healthcare

Amir Riaz Staff Reporter

24th Nov, 2021. 08:12 pm
A file photo of the Lahore High Court.

A file photo of the Lahore High Court.

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti has sought personal appearance of Punjab Secretary Specialised Healthcare to explain his position for not issuing appointment letter to Dr Faryad Hussain as Associate Professor despite recommendation of the Punjab Public Service Commission.

Senior lawyer Hafiz Tariq Nasim appeared on behalf of an aggrieved doctor who contended that his client had been discriminated against despite having been recommended for the post of Associate Professor. The counsel submitted that the doctor was fully eligible and having been recommended by the PPSC and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) was not issued a necessary appointment letter by the Punjab Specialised Secretary Healthcare on the plea that he lacked five years post-graduate experience.

The counsel drew attention of the court that in terms of the PMC Act 2020 the recommendations of the PMDC were protected and could not be undone by PPSC. Once the aggrieved doctor had been recommended by the PPSC then there was no justification for withholding the issuance of his appointment letter as Associate Professor. He submitted that inaction of the respondents appears in violation of Article 4 of the Constitution whereby Legal Rights of the Citizens had been guaranteed.

During the hearing the Chief Justice expressed his displeasure over non-preparation of the case by the Additional Advocate General Punjab when he could not respond to certain queries of the court.

The chief justice asked him as to why the appointment letter had not been issued to which the AAG stated that the said doctor lacked 5 years experience as Assistant Professor. To another query of the CJ as to whether the aggrieved petitioner doctor had equivalence experience having been in the medical services, the AAG said the competent authority had not issued him the NOC and so far as the recommendations of the PPSC were concerned one of the Legal Member PMC had written a letter to undo PPSC recommendations. Upon this, Hafiz Tariq submitted that recommendations of the PPSC were protected under the PMC Act 2020 as such the action of the Respondents was unwarranted, illegal and unconstitutional besides misuse of authority.

After hearing both sides in detail the Chief Justice issued notices for the personal appearance of Secretary Specialised Healthcare Punjab for December 07.