ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has become donor of kidneys internationally as people from different countries come here for its transplantation after buying them from the poor.

Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said that while heading a two-judge bench here yesterday. The bench was hearing suo moto, which the CJP took on illegal sale of kidneys in Punjab.

The chief justice, however, said that efforts should be made to control illegal sale of kidneys.

Director Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation Dr Abidul Hasan Rizvi had sent two applications to the chief justice, requesting him to use ‘his good office in bringing an end to the menace of kidney sale in Pakistan’. He stated that illegal transplantation of organs, especially kidneys, is bringing a bad name to the country.

The chief justice said: “We should benefit from Indian experience in medical field but not to follow her in other bad practices.”

Babar Awan advocate, representing Al-Syed Hospital, Rawalpindi, said that Pakistan is at number 3 in the list of illegal sale of kidneys, while India is at top of the list. The chief justice said efforts should be made to further go down instead of remaining at number three in the list.

The bench issued notices to health secretaries of federal, all the provincial governments and anyone, wishes to become party in the case, directing them to submit a concise statement regarding the matter within two weeks.

Aslam Khakki, also appearing on behalf of Al-Syed Hospital, informed that the police in the view of the suo moto notice had started action against them. He claimed that the police is causing serious harassment to his client and other institutions, which do kidney transplantation.

The chief justice said they have not issued any direction to the law enforcement agencies or police in this regard. He asked the counsel that his client and other such institutions are at liberty to seek remedy from the appropriate forums. Justice Jamali said this case is not against any individual, but is pertaining to a very serious issue and all the concerned quarters need to think about it.

The chief justice said Dr Rizvi like Abdul Sattar Edhi is serving the humanity and providing free of cost service to kidney patients at his hospitals. He said that if there is lacuna in the law then it should be removed instead of making the kidney transplantation a trade.

The Punjab government, in response to the allegations levelled by Dr Rizvi in his applications, submitted reply.

According to the applications, President Transplantation Society Kuwait had informed Dr. Rizvi that 11 cases of illegal transplants have been performed in Pakistan during 2016. He particularly mentioned that three cases including a son and a mother all transplanted at Badar Medical Complex, Lahore.

Likewise, two Saudi nationals have been admitted in Jeddah in a very bad condition after getting unrelated transplantation in the month of May.

The applicant says that he has received an email from Dr Francis Delmonico, Executive Director of the Declaration of Instanbul Custodian Group (DICG), regarding illegal transplant activity in Pakistan.

It is the international body under the aegis of WHO to take measures to protect the poor and vulnerable from the transplant tourism ad to address the wider problem of international trafficking of human organs and tissues. Pakistan is signatory of the Declaration and Dr Rizvi is member of its steering committee.