|Poor compelled to sell kidneys but nobody serious: CJ|
02 August 2012
ISLAMABAD: Observing that poor people were forced to sell out their kidneys but no one was serious about the issue, the chief justice on Wednesday declared that the chief secretary concerned should be held responsible for the illegal organ trade in any province.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, resumed hearing of the constitutional petition moved by Asma Jahangir, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association. The court directed the federal and provincial governments to effectively legislate over the issue of human organs and tissues transplant with mass awareness drive.
The chief justice observed that the legislation on the subject should be simple for better understanding of the masses.The bench directed the chief secretaries to give proper attention to the issue and submit report on compliance with its directive within two weeks. They were also ordered to take action against the illegal transplant centres by bringing the responsible to book.
During course of proceedings, Dr Haider, representing Capital Administration Transplant Authority, apprised the bench that they had dispatched hard and soft copies of the prepared rules to all provincial governments but the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had not responded yet. He stressed for effective and coordinated efforts on the part of all provincial governments and said that the regulations framed by Iran had been regarded as the most effective throughout the world.
The chief justice lamented that the situation had deteriorated as in every locality of Punjab to Rojhan Jamali the authorities concerned had been doing nothing to discourage the illegal trade. “The issue is the most sensitive one but there has been no law,” he added.
The chief justice further observed that illegal drugs were being sold out at the medical stores openly with no one to take care. He asked the chief secretaries to take cognisance of the people’s plight and create public awareness on the issue.Further hearing was adjourned for two weeks.
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