Islamabad—The Capital Administration and Development Division have approved Islamabad’s legal practitioners to avail themselves of free checkup and treatment at Islamabad’s major hospitals, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and Federal Government Polyclinic, like government officers. The decision has come in line with the recent Islamabad High Court orders. According to a CADD official, Islamabad Bar Council members or those practising law in the federal capital are eligible for free treatment at PIMS and Polyclinic.
Currently, both Punjab and Sindh governments provide free medical treatment to their practising lawyers, but such facility was not provided to Islamabad’s lawyers by the federal government.
In this regard a writ petition seeking free medical treatment for the lawyers of the federal capital was moved in the Islamabad High Court. Asif Naseem Abbasi Advocate had moved the petition through his counsel Tariq Asad Advocate and cited ministry of health, secretary law, justice and human rights and others as respondents. The petition stated that the members of Islamabad Bar Association were not provided free treatment while lawyers of other provinces were given free treatment facility at all the public sector hospitals. The petitioner had contended that both governments of Sindh and Punjab were providing free medical treatment to the practising lawyers and their dependents equivalent to the entitlement of BPS-17 and 18.
He adopted that it is a matter of great concern that the federal government is not yet providing such facilities to the lawyers of Islamabad. Abbasi prayed to the court to direct the respondent number 1 and 2 to provide medical treatment to the advocates enrolled in Islamabad Bar Council or practising in the federal area.
He further requested the court that both the respondents be directed that the advocates on the panel of government departments be provided benefits of free medical treatment from their departments at par with their officers of BPS-17 and 18.
The court later admitting the petition directed the CADD Ministry to ensure that practicing lawyers of Islamabad are provided free treatment at the hospitals of Islamabad and all their facilities should be equal to those being provided to the officers of BPS-17 and 18 of the government officers.