LAHORE -- The Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought assistance from the bar on the law about strikes by professionals (doctors etc) and also summoned representatives of the Young Doctors Association (YDA).
Justice Jawad Hassan was hearing a petition against the strike being observed by the young doctors against the promulgation of the Pakistan Medical Commission Ordinance 2019.
Lahore High Court Bar Association President Chaudhry Hafeezur Rehman appeared on the court call. The judge asked the bar's leader to assist the court on legitimacy of strikes by the professionals when they were being regulated by their own bodies like authority, council or commission.
The judge also sought assistance on Article 17 of the Constitution that guarantees the right to form associations or unions subject to reasonable restrictions imposed by the law.
Earlier, Mr Rehman stated that doctors could not be allowed to play with the lives of patients in the name of protest. He said wearing black armbands during work could be acceptable for the doctors as a protest activity. He suggested the court that media coverage of the doctors' protest should not be allowed.
Justice Hassan also wondered how the professionals responsible to save lives of citizens could go on strike. He observed that the way of protest adopted by the doctors was against the law.
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