Contempt of court

SC moved for contempt proceedings against PM, govt officials

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On Tuesday, the SC asked to initiate contempt proceedings against PM and the govt senior federal officials for not implementing its Jan 17, 2019 verdict.

Initiation of contempt proceedings by the Supreme Court against the Prime Minister and other government officials has been requested for not implementing its 17 January 2019 verdict in which the transfer of three Karachi hospitals to the Sindh government was declared to be illegal.

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Jinnah Postgraduate Medical College (JPMC), National Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases (NICVD), and National Institute of Child Health (NICH) were those hospitals that transferred under the 18th Constitutional amendment from the Center to the province was deemed unconstitutional.

According to the contempt petitioner in SC, Dr Ayesha Iftikhar with 29 years of experience at JPMC has named respondents PM Imran Khan and government officials; National Health Services Secretary Faisal Sultan, Accountant General of Pakistan Sardar Azmat Shafi, federal Cabinet Secretary Maroof Afzal, Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Law Secretary Arshad Farooq Faheem, and Finance Secretary Muhammad Khashih-ur-Rehman.

The petitioner also appealed that she was a 19th-grade professor but she had been serving in BPS-20 since November 2016 without any perks and privileges and she was not promoted officially to grade 20 since 2011 due to the transference of these institutions from the Federal government to the Sindh Government.

Moreover, the petitioner said that due to the reluctance of the federal government, salaries of the employees of these three institutions could not be released from the AGPR to the Accountant General Sindh for the month of June 2019. She added that the finance department seemed busy in giving preference to other projects over the implementation of the apex court’s binding verdict.

However, in the judgment regarding the transference of hospitals, the Supreme Court had held that JPMC, NICVD, NICH fell within the ambit of Entry No.16 of the Federal Legislative List, also these hospitals could not have been transferred to the Sindh province.

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