Supreme Court moved against quacks, healers

Published: January 6, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: 

The top court has been moved for controlling and regulating the works of all priests, quacks and faith healers working across the country.

Hundreds of thousands of herbal doctors, hakims, magicians, palmists and spiritual healers operate in Pakistan. There are no laws governing their practices and people are often conned.

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The petitioner, Faizuddin, has filed the plea in the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, making the ministries of law, religious affairs, Capital Administration and Development Division, Council of Islamic Ideology and the National Assembly as respondents.

The petition contends that all citizens doing any business should work within the prescribed law and should not be allowed to work to damage the interest of people. There are no laws to control such illegal activities. Faizuddin suggested the law should contain penal clauses against people who violate the law and do business by fooling and deceiving people. He stated a majority of people were illiterate, particularly in religion, and could therefore be easily deceived by fake priests.

The petitioner has contended that quacks should be banned from working until a law is framed.

“Since it relates to the population of Pakistan, only the top court is competent to entertain this petition and pass an order for the welfare and protection of the citizens,” Faizuddin said.

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The plaintiff has not approached any provincial high courts and asked the apex court to summon all provincial law officers for assisting it.

He also requested the SC to direct the respondents for enacting a law for regulating and controlling such professions.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2016.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Jan 6, 2016 - 11:28AM

    About time!Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Jan 6, 2016 - 11:44AM

    Does this shakedown include that lady tarot-card reader that always seems to appear on TV before a big cricket match (ie Pak vs India) ? lolRecommend

  • Salman
    Jan 6, 2016 - 4:45PM

    Bravo – Mr. Faizuddin – The petitioner! You did a wonderful job.
    In most of the civilized countries, there are laws are stop such people.
    Turkey has successfully eliminated this menace. They have law and reward informer and put people practicing herbal doctors, hakims, magicians, palmists and spiritual healers in jail with heavy fines. Why our religious leaders or scholars have ever made such plea!
    We request Gen Raheel to crush these elements from the society.
    PEMRA must ban all fortune teller from the TV channels and let MAMMU like people look for some decent work for living.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 6, 2016 - 6:38PM

    This is a great move by the petitioner, Fiazuddin. I am very impressed. India also has this problem and such practices and beliefs would be much more prevalent in India. India should also work on this. Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2016 - 6:46PM

    Just imagine a Pakistan without “Crime Shows” showing black magicians in the most pathetic way possible. Keeping fingers crossedRecommend

  • cautious
    Jan 6, 2016 - 7:11PM

    Says something about how ineffective the govt is when the top court has to waste time doing work like this. In the West these types of fraud are pursued by local authorities.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 7, 2016 - 5:16AM

    @cautious:
    You’re right; such cases should be tried in ATCs so that the SC can focus on more weighty issues !Recommend

  • ch shujat ali
    Feb 7, 2016 - 4:23PM

    Faiz UD dIN…..By birth a man with a eye more swift then sword….. A majzoob with the Great Nisbat… Recommend

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