Quetta (April 10, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday directed the last two former chief ministers of Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, to appear before the Supreme Court tomorrow today (Tuesday).
The CJP summoned the two former provincial chief ministers to explain what they did for the improvement of governance and welfare of people in the province during their respective tenures.“Three chief ministers came to power during one tenure but what did they do for the welfare of people?” the CJP asked.
Justice Nisar added, “Call the chief ministers who ruled here [Balochistan] in the last four years to explain.”
The comments came during a hearing at the Supreme Court’s Quetta Registry regarding the state of hospitals in Balochistan. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Nisar and comprising of Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Mansoor Ali is taking up cases of public interest in the province.
Provincial chief secretary, secretary of health and secretary education appeared before the court for the hearing of their cases.
Hearing the case regarding the state of hospitals in Balochistan, Justice Nisar asked how young doctors across the province are still on strike despite court orders barring them from doing so.
“Who is providing treatment to patients while doctors are on strike?” the CJP questioned.Provincial Health Secretary Saleh Muhammad Nasser told the CJP that no one is treating patients while the young doctors are on strike.
“There is no private hospital in Balochistan, only one medical college,” the provincial health secretary said. “The government is set to inaugurate three medical colleges soon,” he added.
The outpatient departments (OPDs) of government hospitals across Balochistan were closed today (Monday) for a fourth day as young doctors continued their strike.