ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court yesterday declared 67 seats reserved quota for the daughters of federal and Punjab government’s bureaucrats for admissions in Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) Lahore as illegal and unlawful.

A single bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice, Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi announced this verdict while deciding three-year-old matter and nullified cabinet division notification about reservation of quota.

However, the IHC bench said that the decision would not affect the

students already admitted to the medical college on this quota. Chairman Insaf Welfar Trust Dr Muhammad Aslam Khaki advocate had moved this petition and challenged this notification regarding reservation of quota before the IHC citing cabinet division and FJMC as respondents.

The petitioner in his petition contended before the court that cabinet division has no jurisdiction to issue such a notification.

The petitioner informed that the said medical college got 267 seats for admissions in MBBS, whereas federal and Punjab government bureaucrats got reserved for their daughters 67 seats. Cabinet division had been giving a grant of Rs8.7 million rupees to the medical college that was an equation that public was deprived of its rights on public expense.

Dr Khaki stated before the court that education is an equal right for all citizens and 67 seats reserved quota without any merit is sheer violation of the fundamental rights of general public and cabinet division had no jurisdiction to issue such a notification.

After issuing the aforementioned verdict, the IHC single bench disposed of this matter.