LAHORE–The Punjab Government on Tuesday sought explanation from the Lahore High Court on some legal points about a week ago decision of the court restraining the government from taking any adverse action against the young doctors over their misconduct.

The government has sought this explanation by filing a review petition against the order of Justice Ijazul Ahasn. The judge had on July 07 restrained the government from dismissing the, suspended the show cause notices issued to them. The government was also restrained to register new cases against the doctors or issue show cause notices to them.

Petitioner Secretary Health Arif Nadeem filed the review petition and sought clarification on some legal points.

“Can the court interfere in the service matters because it is an authority of service tribunal? Whether the government can’t take any action against any striking doctor if he commits any sort of new offence or crime? Can the court give relief to the petitioner beyond his prayers or requests which are not made in the petition,” the review petition said.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday gave third opportunity to PML-N minority MPA Rana Asif Mahmood to defend himself on a writ petition seeking his disqualification on the grounds of dual nationality.

The chief justice had asked the MPA to explain as why he could not be considered a Canadian national despite having a Canadian passport?

Previously, the chief justice had asked him to submit reply twice but he failed to do so.

As the chief justice took up matter on Tuesday, the counsel for the MPA sought more time for filing reply.

But, firstly the court turned down his plea by remarking that the case would be decided on Wednesday (today). Meanwhile, the court again put off hearing till July 18.

Petitioner Faisal Ilyas Sadiq through his counsel Saif-ul-Malook sought the disqualification of MPA Rana Asif.

Saiful Mulook submitted that the MPA was trying to prolong the case to enjoy the assembly seat as long as he can. The MPA knew that he had committed illegality and the court would disqualify, he was gaining time through seeking adjournments, Mulook protested.

Advancing his arguments, Mulook submitted that according to section 4 of Canadian Passport Order 1981 only that person shall be given a Canadian passport who is citizen of Canada.

 He argued the MPA was having an overseas identity card which is granted only to a Pakistani citizen who have passport of some other country. He alleged that he was a Canadian national under the article 63 of the Constitution a person holding dual nationality could not be elected as member of the national or provincial assembly.