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NA approves bill extending SC, PHC jurisdiction to FATA

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): The National Assembly approved with a majority on Friday a bill extending the jurisdiction of the Peshawar High Court and the Supreme Court to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Newly-appointed law minister Mahmood Virk presented the bill.

The bill was opposed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s Naeema Kishwar, who presented several amendments which were rejected by the House.

Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah said this is a historic day, as the tribespeople have rendered immense sacrifices.

SC suspends Pakistan Medical and Dental Council

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): The Supreme Court dissolved on Friday the governing council of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), which regulates medical educational institutes across the country.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, while heading the three-member bench hearing a case regarding the council’s functioning, also ordered the formation of an interim committee headed by former Supreme Court Justice Shakirullah Jan.

The committee will hold fresh elections of the council and run its affairs until the new council takes charge.

Medical colleges’ representatives of four provinces, Islamabad and the attorney general will be part of the committee, the court ruled.

Talking to the media after the hearing, Sardar Latif Khosa, the council of former PMDC president Dr Masood Hameed Khan, said this is a historic decision. He criticised the government for operating PMDC despite the expiry of the related ordinance.

Hearing the case on Thursday, the chief justice had observed that they will not allow the PMDC to function if it is operating illegally.