LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed has also expressed deep concerns over the strike of Young Doctors Association owing to which poor patients including women and children are suffering for the last many days at the provincial hospitals.

CJ Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Thursday also ruled that the judiciary would not interfere in the postings and transfers of the doctors as it was purely an administrative job.

“The Pakistan is such an unluckiest country where the Maseehas (doctors) go on strike and leave the patients at the mercy of God,” the CJ observed while hearing a petition of Dr Azhar, Chemotherapist at Jinnah Hospital, challenging his transfer.

Dr Azhar sought the cancellation of his transfer by submitting that he was only a chemotherapist at Jinnah Hospital but the Punjab government had issued his transfer orders, resultantly the patients of cancer disease are suffering at the hospital.

The postings and transfers of doctors and their cancellation was not the job of courts but the government, the court observed. “The court cannot interfere because this issue purely relates to provincial administration,” CJ Azmat Saeed remarked, adding that medical treatment to the poor patients of Punjab’s remote areas was not being provided due to the strike of young doctors, who are not only forcibly closing the outdoor patient departments of public health facilities but are also misbehaving with their senior doctors willing to treat the patients.

The CJ refused to accept the petition of Dr Azhar and dismissed it. Meanwhile, the LCH also accepted for hearing the petition seeking judicial inquiry into the alleged massive corruption in the laptop scheme launched by the Punjab Chief Minister.

Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan issued notices to Punjab government and directed it to submit the reply. Petitioner, President of People’s Lawyers Forum Lahore Mian Shahid Abbas, through his counsel Mian Asad Mahmood had made PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif party in the petition. The petitioner submitted that as per a report of Transparency International, the laptop scheme would cause a loss of Rs1.70 billion to the national kitty. He stated that the Punjab government had purchased each laptop for Rs35, 000, but the actual price is Rs25, 000.

The petitioner was of the opinion that the scheme was being used as a tool to carry out the political campaign of PML-N, adding that pictures of Nawaz Sharif were being used in newspaper advertisements of Punjab government and this was against the law.