LAHORE A Division Bench of the Lahore High Court Thursday issued notice for October 20 next to the Attorney General of Pakistan and the Advocate General Punjab to seek their respective reply to the petition moved against the entry test for admission to medical colleges in Pun jab. The Bench of Justice Chaudhry Shahid Saeed and Justice Shahzad Ahmad Khan had passed the said order after hearing at the preliminary stage Muhammad Azhar Siddique advocate for the six petitioners, Muhammd Zubair, Maqsod Ahmad Qureshi, and others. The Bench also called for parawaise comments and report from Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. The petitioners counsel argued before the court that entry test had taken lead over the academic period of the students as much as that entry test has become sin quo non for admission and two years educational period has been made subordinate to it. The counsel said that such a system has been laid down through the entry test that the hard work of two years of the students to qualify FSc has been sacrificed at the alter of a three hours test, which was not justiciable under the constitutional scheme of things wherein status of everyone and step has been determined. He posed a query that how could the factual examination could be put under the authority of a test of a secondary character and on its basis rubbishing academic period of the students. He contended that 50 per cent marks were essential to secure in the entry test (MCAT), which consisted of a paper of two and half hours that had an objective approach rather than one that was more subjective or practical. He also alleged that there was no check and balance for MCAT being conducted by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). He further alleged that entry test system was resulting in depriving medical education to thousands of deserving students who had worked hard in the FSc and obtained excellent marks. This amounts to depriving the rightful and deserving persons of their fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution. He also made mention of a number irregularities in the test to convince the court that the process laid down was not transparent and foolproof. The counsel urged the court for a direction to both Federal and the Provincial governments to dispense with the entry test system as it was counterproductive to merit and the scheme of encouraging the deserving people to acquire education in medicine. NOTICE TO MINISTR: Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court Thursday issued notice for October 27 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for reply to the petition filed earlier by Ameer, Jamatud Dawa Hafiz Muhammad Saeed to seek halt of the US drone attacks on the Pakistani soil. The Court earlier expressed its dissatisfaction with report presented by the Federal Government as it did not make mention of the drone and their attacks on Pakistani territory. However, on a previous date of hearing the Federal Government had prayed to the Court not to deal with the issue as it fell in the exclusive jurisdiction of the Parliament where the matter lay before a Committee. The petitioner through advocate A.K.Dogar contends that a huge number of civil casualties had occurred in drone attacks from across the border with Afghanistan. In order to prevent US drone attacks, the Parliament twice unanimously passed resolutions which todate await implementation. The petitioner alleged that the Government was deliberately avoiding action on the resolutions as it endeared service to the American interests more than protecting the national ones. The petitioner prayed to the Court for a direction to the government for shooting down the US drone when they enter the Pakistani territory in violation of the International Law and sovereignty of the country. This had also been envisaged through the resolutions which needed to be carried out at a time when Pakistan lost much in terms of life and material but the attacks were unabated. DPO: The Lahore High Courts Chief Justice, Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry Thursday directed the District Police Officer (DPO), Nankana Sahib to ensure protection of life to the gangrape victim of Shahkot, Saba Rai, and her family members. Saba and her family member s called on the Chief Justice at his chamber and informed him that the accused party was pressurising them for a compromise and in that course it was employing every means including serious life threats. Through an application Saba told the Chief Justice that the rivals have also threatened her with abduction and given the situation, she and her family members were very terrified and feeling highly insecured particularly after the police also not come to their help. Saba also requested the CJ for transferring her case to another Court of competent jurisdiction and the Chief Justice directed the District and Sessions Judge Nanakana to do the needful. After the meeting, Saba Rai expressed complete satisfaction and sounded upbeat that she would get justice.