ISLAMABAD -  The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked former federal minister and PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain to clarify his position regarding getting kickbacks for giving licences to different private medical colleges.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a suo motu notice on absence of a uniform admission policy for admission in the private medical colleges and charging exorbitant fee.

The chief justice remarked that people say lot of things about Dr Asim Hussain that he had received millions of rupees as kickbacks for giving licences to different private medical colleges. “Whenever there is discussion about the decline in health sector and the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), people point finger at you. 

Not only once but more than once it is mentioned that it had happened during the tenure of Dr Asim Hussain. If anything had happened because of you or not then you can give your input,” the CJ asked the former minister.

The chief justice said that if tomorrow the court fixes responsibility it would need your help. “You tell us how can you help the court,” the CJ questioned. Dr Asim said: “I expect justice and bow before the court.” He said: “As I don’t fit in the profile of a politician therefore they put my neck in everything.” The chief justice said: “if you would be able to cross threshold then it would be okay, if not then all the things would go against you”.

The chief justice said: “It is a campaign to improve the health sector, which is possible with the assistance of you (lawyers).”

Dr Asim said: “We are the fourth generation that is rendering service in the field of health sector.” He assured the court of his full cooperation and said: “I am appearing before the court not as politician but an educationist, service provider and medical expert.”

The chief justice asked Dr Asim does he see flaws in the management of the PMDC. He said that there is a payback time in everyone’s life, which can start any time.

The PPP former senator said that he is ready for all-out support and assistance for improvement of the health sector.

The ex-minister, a close aide of former president and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, told that first time in his tenure the third party evaluation of the PMDC affairs was conducted. He informed that Indian health system was copied for bringing improvement in the health sector of Pakistan. He said that 80 per cent private medical colleges are in Punjab and the court should get record from the provincial government.

Akram Sheikh, representing PMDC, said there should be no politics on a dying man and the life-saving profession. Akram Sheikh has concluded his arguments in the case.

Meanwhile, the chief justice hearing a case of right of vote for overseas Pakistan said it is not their job to legislate but it is the parliament that has to make laws. He said they could not direct the parliament to legislate but there are judgments in which the parliament has been asked to make laws. He said they can declare the law (Election Act, 2017) ultra vires and sent it back to the parliament to consider the concern of overseas Pakistanis.

Earlier, a counsel appearing for overseas Pakistan, informed the court that the parliament enacted laws on election reforms and has not granted right of vote to expats.