ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that Shaikh Zayed Hospital Chairman Farid Khan was being given an extension in the tenure on the directives of MNA Hamza Shehbaz, the son of Punjab chief minister.
A three-member apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a petition against alleged illegal appointments at the Shaikh Zayed Hospital.
As the hearing went underway, the chief justice asked why Farid Khan was so dear to the board of governors. “Does the Punjab government find no one other than him to grant an extension in tenure,” asked the chief justice.
He said that the health secretary was not authorised to grant Farid Khan an extension in the tenure. “We would not allow any public health facility to be ruined,” the CJP remarked.
Present at the court, the Punjab government’s lawyer said that the matter was adjudicated in the Lahore High Court that was why the chairman was granted an extension, while the health secretary assured the court that the chairman won’t be granted extension any more.
While ordering the high court to dispose of all related pending cases, the top court observed that it would look into the affairs of the hospital in the wake of 18th amendment.