The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) has dismissed a report prepared by the Cantonment Board in response to a petition seeking to close private schools and universities in the country’s jurisdiction.
The petition is being heard by a three-member bench led by Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan. The report was delivered to the bench at today’s hearing. It only covered the notices issued in 2021, which ordered private colleges in Cantonment Board to cease operations.
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The notifications issued in 2019 and 2020 were questioned by the bench. The Cantonment Board’s counsel responded that only last year’s notices were included in the report for the convenience of the bench.
The bench was irritated by this, and the report was dismissed. At the next hearing, Justice Munib Akhtar directed him to present a revised report that included all notices from 2019 to 2021. The hearing has been postponed for a period of four weeks.
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SCP had prevented Cantonment Board from sealing the private schools in its authority at the last hearing of the matter, and had requested the report that was presented earlier today.
SCP had originally ordered private schools and colleges functioning under the Cantonment Board’s jurisdiction to leave their buildings and relocate to commercial areas.