LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) on a petition challenging its electoral process.

The court was holding proceedings on the petition moved by Dr Salman Kazmi, an office-bearer of Young Doctors Association (YDA). The petitioner said that

that the PMDC election board had amended the rules to stop some eligible candidate from contesting elections.

He alleged that PMDC vice-chairman Dr Asim Hussain, who is also advisor to the Petroleum and Natural Resources, had been planning to man the position by amendments as he (Dr Hussain) is a political figure and could not hold any office of the PMDC.

He requested the court to direct the council to define and explain the amended rules before holding its upcoming elections.

He also made a request to the court to restrain Dr Hussain from contesting the votes. Justice Mansoor Ali Shah heard initial arguments and directed the respondents to submit reply within one week.

Objection sustained: The LHC upheld objection raised by the Registrar Office on a petition against PIA chairman Lt-Gen (r) Asif Yasin Malik over dual office.

The chief justice observed the president of Pakistan couldn’t be made party in constitutional petition but the federal government only.

He asked the petitioner to file an amended petition, if necessary. Advocate Saleem Khan moved the petition. He submitted that according to a judgment of the Supreme Court that an officer holding administrative office could be given another administrative office. He said Mr Malik was already holding office of secretary defense and in addition of it he was given additional charge of Chairman PIA. He said President Asif Ali Zardari in his recent visit to Lahore had pledged with him at the governor house that he would appoint him as chairman PIA but he did not.

He requested the court to declare the appointment of Asif Yasin Malik as Chairman PIA as illegal and unconstitutional.

PLEA AGAINST MPA: The LHC admitted for regular hearing a petition seeking disqualification of MPA Khan Muhammad Khichi.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial fixed Thursday (today) the petition moved by Imran Khan, the losing candidate. The petitioner submitted Khichi was an independent candidate and elected in recent by-elections from PP-239, a constituency of Vehari Tehsil.

He pointed out the MPA was defaulter of Rs12 million of a private bank and he did not fulfill the requirement of Article 62 and 63 of Constitution of Pakistan. He requested the court to disqualify Khan Muhammad Khichi from the assembly seat.

Returned: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday returned with objection a petition of retired ‘Subedar’ seeking benefits like retired commissioned officers .

The registrar office of the LHC raised objection that the courts could not be approached against armed forces.

Petitioner Naeem Ahmed submitted the retired ‘Subedars’ were being discriminated by not giving benefits after their retirements as commissioned officers were being given.

He stated neither they were benefited from housing colonies nor were being given residence allowance and education facility for their children.

He pointed out the commissioned officers after retirement had all these facilities which was discrimination against the retired ‘Subedars’. He requested the court to direct the authorities to give them benefits equal to those of other retired army officers.