IHC seeks govt’s reply over plea against MTI ordinance

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Staff Reporter

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday sought response from the federation over a plea seeking directives to declare a recently promulgated presidential ordinance ‘Federal Medical Teaching Institutes Ordinance, 2020’ null and void, alleging the document was in field to dole out state resources to the existing government’s blue eyed man.
Making the president of Pakistan, secretary Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination, Establishment Division and chairman Board of Governors of Medical Teaching Institution Islamabad as respondents on behalf of his clients, Advocate Mudassar Khalid Abbasi termed the ordinance derogation of a large number of non-gazetted staff and nurses of the institution.
It is pertinent to mention that employees of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) have expressed grave concern over the Medical Teaching Institution (MTI) Ordinance claiming in consequence of the instrument, they would lose job security and pension, and would no longer be entitled to government accommodation, plots of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) and a number of other benefits.
Appearing before a single-member bench of the Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani on Friday, Advocate Abbasi urged the court to issue a restraining order against the incumbent chairman of PIMS till final adjudication of the matter in hand.
Challenging legality of the ordinance while citing a number of verdicts of the apex court and high courts, he made a point that the ordinance was not promulgated in accordance with the provisions of Constitution.
Abbasi alleged that the president has misused power while promulgating the ordinance as the instrument will have infringed constitutional guaranteed fundamental rights of employees of the PIMS.

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