Sindh High Court has directed Sindh Government to present the findings of the committee regarding the NTS paper leak.
National Testing Service (NTS) conducted entrance exams for Sindh medical universities and colleges on 22nd October. However, the test was leaked even before the exam was conducted.
The Court also ordered government to shed some light on the measures it has taken in the wake of this issue.
The government annulled and cancelled results of the entry test held in October when the inquiry committee discovered the paper leak. A petition was filed by an individual to make findings of the report public. Justice Munib Akhtar headed the two-judge bench and heard the petitioner’s advocate.
Advocate Anwar Mansoor Khan was presenting facts on behalf of the petitioner and demanded that a stay order be issued to make the results of previous test valid till full facts are made public.
The judges didn’t agree to a stay order as the new date for retest hasn’t been announced yet. The judges issued a deadline to the relevant government authorities and ordered them to submit a report by 28th November.
As per order, the report must contain detailed findings of the committee which looked into the matter and the steps government has taken regarding a fresh test.
Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi headed another bench and issued notices to CEO NTS, Chairperson PMDC and relevant Sindh government authorities to submit a reply on government’s decision of taking the entry test again.
A civil rights organization named Pasban Pakistan filed a petition against government’s decision. The group took the stance that Sindh government interfered with the federal body, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), to cancel the entry test.
The lawyer of Pasban Pakistan, Farrukh Khan, also alleged that an inquiry looking into the test leak by Federal Investigation Agency has also been lingered. Farrukh Khan added that government didn’t notify public about the committee inquiring the paper leak.
Pasban Pakistan group requested court to bar Sindh government from taking new tests and allow the federal authority to retake the exam. He further said that the retest will be inimical to those who didn’t benefit from the test leak and passed the exam solely based on hard work.