The Supreme Court has also taken note of the government’s failure to appointment a permanent Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairman and issued a notice to the deputy attorney general (DAG) seeking a reply on the issue.
The court asked the DAG to contact the competent authority to provide reasons for the delay. The notice was issued on Wednesday during the hearing of a petition on illegal law colleges operating around the country.
The lawyer for the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) said that after a court order, a committee headed by justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid had been formed to look into illegal law colleges and the law secretary had been asked to cooperate with the body. He said the law ministry did not comply with the court order and no work could be started.
The HEC legal director claimed the inspection of law colleges was the responsibility of bar councils and a memorandum of understanding was to be signed between them and the HEC. “Despite several reminders about the MoU, the bar councils have not replied,” he told the court, adding that despite absence of a full-time HEC chairman, all arrangements were complete.
The court also issued a notice to the law secretary for failing to comply with the court order.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2014.