Supreme Court directs JMC to settle students' problems
Islamabad, Oct 25: The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the administration of
Jinnah Medical College (JMC), Peshawar, to resolve the problems being faced by
its students and make proper arrangements to accommodate them in other private
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, comprising
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Rana Bhagwandas and Justice
Mian Shakirullah Jan, was hearing suo moto case of Jinnah Medical,
Students of Jinnah Medical College, Peshawar, had complained to
SC Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that as their college was not
recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and not affiliated
with any medical college, their future was at stake.
They had requested
the chief justice to direct the college administration to accommodate them in
other private medical college so that their studies could not be
Taking suo moto notice of the matter, the chief justice had
summoned the management of the college and also appointed Justice (r) Tariq
Mahmood as amicus curiae to assist the court in the case.
Justice (r) Tariq Mahmood, Sardar Khan advocate, counsel for the college and
Major (r) Ishaq, principal of the college, appeared before the court.
amicus curiae submitted before the court that the college administration has
made fraud with the students as, he said, the college was established in a
private bungalow, lacking basic facilities, which are required for the
recognition by the PMDC.
He further informed the court that the PMDC had
inspected the college but as no basic facilities were available at the college,
it did not recognize the college.
Maria, student of 2nd year of the said
college appeared before the court in person and alleged that the principal of
the college had threatened that students who tried to leave the college would
not be allowed to appear in the examination being held next month.
Khan, counsel for the college, while appearing before the court said that the
college administration had wrote letters to private medical colleges in the
province to accommodate its students; however, he said they refused the request
of the college on the ground that as the college does not fulfill requirements,
its students could not be given admissions.
He requested the court to
issue directives to the PMDC for extending cooperation to the college so that
the problems being faced by the students could be resolved.
At this, the
chief justice observed that the college management has made a fraud with the
students and looted their money. The chief Justice directed the college
management if it cannot resolve the students' problems, it should return their
Meanwhile, the college management sought some time from the court
for resolving the issue. The court, however, directed the college administration
to settle the problems being faced by the students till November 1 and adjourned
the hearing. The News