LAHORE - Hearing a petition against the Punjab government over measles outbreak, the Lahore High Court on Wednesday observed that people were dying of measles while Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was untouched over the reports.
Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan issued these remarks when the court came to know that the inquiry report of measles deaths had again not been submitted. The court ordered the Punjab government many times to submit the inquiry report prepared by a three-member committee under Dr Zafar Iqbal, Principal Sheikh Zayed Hospital.
Additional Advocate General told the court that the report was lying “with the chief minister due to which it could not be submitted to the court”.
At this, the judge observed that the people were dying and the unmoved CM was dragging his feet.
“The CM draws salary from national exchequer and public welfare is his prime duty,” the court remarked.
The court ordered the submission of inquiry report within three days and deferred hearing till October 14.
The petitioner had demanded action against responsible officers of health department and others in their alleged failure to control measles outbreak.
The petitioner had submitted that the children in the provincial hospitals had died due to the diseases and the government had failed to control the outbreak. He said the government authorities had not taken protective measures to control the outbreak as the vaccine of measles was also not available in the province. He said the government had launched anti-measles campaign three years back but later scrapped it.
The petitioner stated that federal and provincial governments miserably failed in controlling the outbreak (measles) which resulted into loss of innocent lives. The petitioner requested that a judicial inquiry should be ordered to determine the responsibility of the government's authorities.