LAHORE - The government can’t ruin the career of a doctor if he/she goes on strike, the LHC said yesterday while hearing petition of two doctors who were removed from service for not performing their duties.

Doctors have been observing strike in Punjab for long as the government has failed to meet their demands. To bring the striking doctors under pressure, the government is terminating the services of various doctors.

Dr Bilal and Dr Irfan raised the issue of their removal from service before the LHC, arguing that they were given no show cause notice or an opportunity for personal hearing before the drastic action.

The court asked the KEMU vice chancellor to explain on Dec 22 under what law he had terminated the services of the petitioner doctors.

Separately, the LHC suspended the Rs one billion recovery notice issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to the Telecom Company.

The aggrieved company argued that the notice had been issued without hearing its point of view. Likewise, it said, the amount assessment was unilateral and unjustified.

The LHC directed the PTA to decide the matter after hearing the petitioner’s viewpoint.

Meanwhile, a petition has been moved in the LHC, alleging that the government is taking no steps for the enforcement of Urdu as the official language, despite a clear order passed by the apex court.

By not enforcing Urdu, the petition said, the government was violating the court order. Also, it said, the nations that had progressed at the global level had used their own languages.

The court has issued notices to the federal and Punjab governments.

The matter will now be taken up on January 20.

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court Bar offered funeral prayers in absentia for all those killed in a recent PIA plane crash. Before the prayers the participants also observed a minute of silence.

They paid tributes to all the victims, especially Junaid Jamshed.