Will close down all projects if health, education sectors are not improved: CJP


Lahore, Jan. 6 (TNS): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday said warned the provincial government that the apex court will order to close down all projects, including Orange Line Metro Train, if health and education sectors are not improved.

Chief Justice gave this remark while resuming hearing of the suo motu notice on the state of public hospitals in Punjab.

A two-member bench, headed by the chief justice and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, heard matters of public welfare at the apex court’s Lahore registry.

During the hearing, the chief justice observed that access to healthcare is a citizen’s basic right.

Chief Justice Nisar informed the provincial chief secretary that in Services Hospital of Lahore, the instrument used to place stitches was not found present.

“Providing healthcare is our responsibility,” the chief justice stated, directing authorities to submit a report on the presence of life-saving medicines in hospitals.

The purpose of taking notice is not to take action but improve the situation, the bench observed.

The court also summoned affidavits of medical superintendents of all public hospitals and also directed the government-run hospitals to submit their audit reports.