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Lahore has reserved the verdict of case against the entry test administration of medical colleges in Lahore

LAHORE DIVISION bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on several petitions against mandatory condition of entrance test by the University of Health Sciences for admission to medical colleges and changed criteria for the test. The court had already barred the UHS from implementing the merit list.

Petitions against the entrance test condition were filed by Muhammad Zubair, Maqsood Ahmed Qureshi, Dr Shagufta Mubeen, Robina Iqbal, Javaid Iqbal, Muhammad Khurshid and Samra Sagheer. The petitioners alleged that transparency was not being observed in entrance test and the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had also changed the test method altogether. They said that under Section 33 of PMDC Act 1962, the council was duty bound to maintain uniformity of course in all medical colleges. They said that previously while preparing the merit list, 30 percent marks were allocated for entrance test and 70 percent for FSC exams. But the PMDC had changed it and now 50 percentnumbers were being given for entrance test result, 10 percent for matriculation and 40 percent for FSc, they maintained.

The petitioners prayed to the court to issue directions to the authorities concerned to prepare the merit list as per old criteria and ban the private institutions that were holding preparation classes for entrance tests. The petitioners further said that negativemarking was also being carried out in the tests and sought a ban on it.

release of foreigners: The Lahore High Court chief justice on Wednesday directed the foreign ministry to accelerate the process of release of the foreign prisoners languishing in jails of the province after completion of their jail terms.

The chief justice issued these directions while disposing of a writ petition seeking release of two Indian prisoners, Satinder Pal Singh and Karale Bhanudas, confined in Kot Lakhpat jail.

Earlier, Punjab home department in compliance of the court order submitted a list of foreign nationals imprisoned in jails of the province. The report revealed that 74 foreign nationals were detained in four jails of the province, 56 in Lahore Central Jail, 16 in Rawalpindi Central Jail and one each in Kasur District Jail and Dera Ghazi Khan Jail. Representing the foreign ministry, a deputy attorney general, Shaista Qaiser, undertook before the court that the ministry would do the needful for release of the foreign prisoners if it was provided with the list of those languishing in jails even after completion of their sentence.

The CJ asked the home department to hand over the list to the foreign ministry and directed the ministry to take speedy steps for the release of the foreign prisoners. With these directions, the CJ disposed of the petition and asked the petitioner to also make efforts for the release of Pakistani people detained in Indian jails. Advocate Awais Sheikh filed the petition and stated that both the prisoners completed there term of imprisonment but they were not being released due to unavailability of proofs regarding their identification.The news.

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