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SC orders curbing illegal organ transplantation

Updated November 08, 2018

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The SC asks print and electronic media to play their role in creating awareness among masses about organ donation.— Reuters/File
The SC asks print and electronic media to play their role in creating awareness among masses about organ donation.— Reuters/File

KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed authorities concerned to immediately comply with all its directives, included in a report, aimed at curbing illegal organ transplantation, and promoting deceased organ donation in the country.

A statement issued by the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) said that an SC bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan directed the authorities to implement the report in letter and spirit which was finalised at a conference held earlier at the SIUT on the directive of the CJP.

The statement cited the court as ordering compliance with the report, which directed transplantation units, ICU interventionist and coordinators to fulfil their professional obligations.

It further asked print and electronic media to play their role in creating awareness among masses about organ donation.

On the legal front, lawyers were asked to take appropriate steps in legislation. The law enforcing agencies were also asked to keep vigilance with regard to those violating the law.

Published in Dawn, November 8th, 2018

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