ISLAMABAD - Hearing the case of import of substandard vaccines and medicines the Supreme Court made it clear that on policy matters the court verdicts often prove harmful rather beneficial.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Saqib Nisar dismissed the petition and said it was not public important issue and the court decision on the petition will have negative impact. The court directed the petitioner to approach the relevant forum, saying there is an institution to gauge the standard of imported medicines and vaccines.

The court said setting standard and monitoring is the responsibility of the government and the court can’t interfere in it. Justice Saqib said the court judgment to determine the sugar price caused much damage and due to the apex court decision the matter became complicated.

Taufiq Asif, Counsel of Dr Muhammad Arshad Rana, argued that the imported vaccines for polio, tuberculosis, hepatitis, measles and typhoid are of low quality, adding due to the defective vaccines 200 children died in Sindh. He said this was human right issue and therefore the court should pass a judgment on it.

Justice Saqib Nisar said it was prayed in the petition that the court set the standard for import of medicines and vaccines.

He said it was the job of the government, adding as the new Drug Act has been promulgated, which also provides a forum for redressal of complaints therefore the apex court could not directly interfere.

Meanwhile, a two-member bench, headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim dismissed the petition on appointment of Justice (Retd) Sardar Raza Khan as Chief Election Commissioner. The petitioner had prayed to declare the appointment of Justice (Retd) Sardar Raza as CEC null and void because the law was not followed in letter and spirit.