IHC reserves verdict on plea seeking Gov’s step on coronavirus

Abdul Waheed Dogar Executive Reporter

31st Jan, 2020. 12:27 pm
IHC directs

The Islamabad High Court reserved decision on a plea seeking details from the federal government regarding steps taken to evacuate Pakistanis citizens from coronavirus infected Wuhan and preventative measures to tackle the spread of the disease in the country.

As per details, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the plea.

He questioned how the petitioner’s fundamental rights violated by the situation.

Invoking Article 199 of the Constitution, the petition asserts that the high court has jurisdiction in situations of public interest.
Justice Minallah remarked that the information sought by the petitioner could be obtained by availing the Right to Information Act 2013.

“The government has been providing updates on the situation in daily press conferences.

A high alert also issued,” he observed.

Furthermore The petitioner’s lawyer, Jahangir Khan Jadoon, argued that the government’s statistics inaccurate.

The bench, however, noted that the court could not admit the request for an inquiry. Jadoon asked the high court to summon details from relevant officials.

However Justice Minallah reserved the verdict on the counsel’s request.

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