KARACHI - The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday suspended operation of the notification of Sindh government to conduct fresh entry test for admission in the government-run medical colleges of the province.

According to details, a double bench of Sindh High Court (SHC) headed by Justice Aqeel Abassi, heard the constitutional petition number 7852/ 2017 filed against the government decision to cancel the results of NTS tests for admissions in the government-run medical colleges and universities of Sindh province.

The petitioner had prayed to declare the government notification dated 11/11/2017 for cancelling the NTS results for admissions in government-run medical colleges and universities as null and void.

During the hearing of Tuesday, the lawyer of the NTS submitted Wakalatnama, while attorneys of PMDC, governments of Pakistan and Sindh were also present. The petitioners were represented by Ms Farah Advocate of Illyas Khan Advocates and Company. The court directed the respondents to file their comments and it ordered that the operation of the government notification would remain suspended till the case is pending with the court . The government was also barred from announcing any new date for the conduct of fresh entry tests till the case is decided.

It may be noted that the petitioner making the province of Sindh through secretary health department, NTS through its CEO and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) through its Chairman respondents,  had submitted that the NTS is reputed company involved in providing services for conducting various examinations, tests, screening processes for the government and other institutions. The petitioners denied the allegations of entry paper leak and said that the impugned notification was issued without lawful authority is liable to be declared as null and void

They prayed that petitioner Haziq Khursheed is entitled to be given admission in medical college/ university in accordance with the result of the NTS entry test, requesting the apex court to declare that no fresh test is required. They also prayed to declare that the test results of the entry test for MBBS and BDS for session 2017-18 are valid and liable to be acted upon. They requested to restrain the respondents or their agents from conducting any other entry test for MBBS and BDS Session 2017-18. The court adjourned the case till December 15, 2017.