LHC summons Allama Iqbal Medical College principal

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LAHORE:March 02: A ONE-MEMBER Defective Drugs Inquiry Tribunal of the Lahore High Court on Thursday summoned Dr Javed Akram, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College, to appear before it on March 2 (today).

The tribunal, comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, earlier recorded statements of Abdus Salam Mufti, Ex-Director Drugs Testing Laboratory, and Moazam Ali Khan, Ex-Chief Drugs Inspector. They also produced documents in support of their statements. Muhammad Saeed Iqbal, Drug Inspector, Data Ganj Bakhsh Town, also recorded his preliminary statement. He sought time to file his written statement and place the documentary evidence on record. He was directed to appear before the tribunal on Friday (today).

The tribunal is probing the matter to ascertain causes of deaths of patients of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) by the use of spurious medicines. Court moved: A petition has been moved in the Lahore High Court, challenging appointment of the principal of Dental College Punjab.

On Thursday, the petitioner, Dr Sohail Abbas, filed a petition, contending that Dental College Punjab Principal Dr Waheed-ul-Hameed was appointed on political grounds. He said that Dr Waheed was a junior to many deserving and senior doctors. He said his appointment was illegal and unconstitutional as merit was totally ignored in it.

He prayed to the court to declare the appointment of Dr Waheed as illegal and unconstitutional to do justice with the deserving ones. bomb blast case: An anti-terrorism court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of GPO Chowk bomb blast case by March 8 as the defence counsel sought time from the court. Previously, the court had recorded statement of a prosecution witness, Sub-Inspector Sayed Imtiaz Hussain Shah.

At least 22 people, including 19 police personnel, were killed in a suicide bomb blast ripped through the GPO Chowk near the Lahore High Court building.

More than 70 people were injured in the explosion that had affected the area of 50-kilometre radius, shattering windowpanes and damaging several buildings. An attacker reached the area on motorcycle and, before police could stop him, he had blown himself.

After which, police had registered a case under sections of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and arrested alleged mastermind of the blast named Shahzad. Later, police after completion of interrogation had submitted a challan against Shahzad in the court.