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Dr Zafar Mirza and Zulfi Bukhari directed to meet parents of Pakistani students quarantined in China

28 February, 2020 07:43

Dr Zafar Mirza and Zulfi Bukhari directed to meet parents of Pakistani students quarantined in China.

Islamabad High Court (IHC) direcred them to do so during hearing on a case pertaining to return of Pakistani students quarantined in China. 

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case today.

The court directed Dr. Zafar Mirza and Zulfi Bukhari – Special Assistants to the Prime Minister (SAPMs) on Health and Overseas Pakistanis respectively – to meet parents of the students.

Dr Zafar Mirza and Zulfi Bukhari

It also declared that a four-member team comprising the counsels of the parents will meet Dr. Zafar Mirza, Zulfi Bukhari and cabinet secretary.

Later, IHC hearing of the case adjourned till March 6.

Meanwhile, IHC expressed displeasure when the health ministry representative told it about the formation of a committee to assist the parents.

Justice Athar Minallah emphasised they should not tell the court about the committee.

“Why is the government of Pakistan irresponsible? The affectees are complaining continuously.” 

The CJ IHC said it is the duty of the federal cabinet to solve the matter, not of the foreign ministry.

Furthermore, he asked Why should not some federal ministers be sent to China on a visit?”

Meanwhile, ministry of foreign affairs representative maintained that the government is waiting for fresh report from China and the cabinet will take decision afterwards.

But the counsel for parents of the stranded students argued that there is a clear difference between the statements of the students and the government. 

The lawyer further stated that the court should issue an order in this case also if it can summon a prime minister.

The CJ IHC remarked that the situation is complicated and the decision is to be taken by the government.

This is a court and there is no expert here who can solve this matter. The petition is only being heard to satisfy the parents.”


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