SC resumes hearing of coronavirus suo moto case

SC resumes hearing of coronavirus suo moto case


Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan resumed hearing a case related to the coronavirus crisis and measures taken by health authorities to curb the spread of the disease.

A five-member larger bench of the apex court — headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed — is hearing the case. Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed are also on the bench.

At the last hearing, the Supreme Court expressed dissatisfaction with the authorities ’response to the ongoing health crisis and questioned the qualifications of Dr. Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Health.

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The Supreme Court also instructed the federal and provincial governments, Islamabad Capital Territory and Gilgit Baltistan to take effective measures and formulate a unified policy to deal with the pandemic, and submit a comprehensive report on the next hearing date.

CJP Ahmed had remarked that the government had not done anything at this point to stem the spread of the virus.

“There is an army of ministers and advisors in place but no work is being done,” CJP Ahmed observed. He also alleged that “corrupt people” have been kept as advisors in the government.

The bench also pointed out that there is no harmony and coordination between the provinces and the center in formulating joint countermeasures.

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