Lahore High Court on Monday declined hearing of an appeal filed by federal government challenging earlier order of the court against deal of federal ministry of health with UNICEF to purchase ‘pantavalent vaccine’ for children with huge sum of ‘Rs1.270 billion’.

Justice Shahid Waheed and Justice Shoaib Saeed held that the court cannot allow the federal ministry of health to purchase the vaccine until the amendment is made out in law by the legal entity.

The court observed that ministry of health was not a legal entity. Advocate Naseer Bhutta along with almost half dozen of deputy attorney generals appeared in the court and pleaded that there was emergency to purchase pantavalent vaccine because time was running short.

He said that the ministry of health was a legal entity which could make changes in laws dealing with the said ‘deal’. As this, the judge asked him that if the health ministry was a legal entity then submit a written reply. The court declined hearing of the appeal.

On March 14, 2014, a single bench of the Lahore High Court restrained the ministry from purchasing the said vaccine and directed it to hold open tender under PPRA Rules. The court also termed that ‘deal of the government with UNICEF as illegal’, for being contrary to the PPRA Ordinance and Rules.

Also, the Lahore High Court on Monday asked federal interior ministry and Anti-Narcotics to come up with final arguments on an application requesting court to direct authorities to remove Musa Gillani, son of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, name from Exit Control List.   Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik of the LHC was hearing the application filed by Musa Gillani, adjourned further proceedings till April 15.   The petitioner’s counsel submitted that Musa Gillani was a respectable citizen while the federal interior ministry put his name on ECL without solid evidences.

The petitioner pleaded the court to direct the federal ministry to remove his name from ECL.