The Supreme Court dissolved Friday the Government Council of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), which is responsible for medical education institutions nationwide.
The Supreme Judge of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, ordered the formation of an interim committee under the leadership of the former Supreme Court, Shakirullah Jan, while leading the three-member group of judges hearing a case concerning the functioning of the council.
The committee will hold new elections for the Council and will conduct its affairs until the new Council takes over. Representatives of medical schools of four provinces, Islamabad and the Attorney General will be part of the committee, the court ruled.
Speaking to the media after the hearing, Sardar Latif Khosa, former PMDC President Dr. Masood Hameed Khan, that this is a historical decision. He criticized the government for running PMDC despite the expiration of the relevant regulation.
When the Supreme Court took note of the case on Thursday, it found that the PMDC would not work if it operated illegally.
The court heard the PMDC’s appeal against a Lahore High Court ruling last December that ordered the dissolution of the PMDC Council.
The Supreme Court had regretted that the government had failed to introduce a new law after the 2015 PMDC (Amendment) Regulation expired in April 2016 and the matter went to the Supreme Court.