islamabad - A writ petition seeking free medical treatment for the lawyers of the federal capital has been moved in the Islamabad High Court.

Asif Naseem Abbasi Advocate has moved the petition through his counsel Tariq Asad Advocate and cited ministry of health, secretary law, justice and human rights and others as respondents.

The petitioner stated in his petition that the members of Islamabad Bar Association are not being provided free treatment unlike the lawyers of other provinces of Pakistan. He contended that both governments of Sindh and Punjab are providing free medical treatment to the practising lawyers and their dependents equivalent to the entitlement of BPS-17 and 18.

He adopted that it is a matter of great concern that the federal government is not yet providing such facilities to the lawyers of Islamabad. Therefore, Abbasi prayed to the court to direct the respondent number 1 and 2 to provide medical treatment to the advocates enrolled in Islamabad Bar Council or practising in the federal area.

He further requested the court that both the respondents be directed that the advocates on the panel of government departments be provided benefits of free medical treatment from their departments at par with their officers of BPS-17 and 18.