PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has taken notice of the increase in fee of out patient department (OPD) of the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar.

On Tuesday the administration of the LRH, the largest hospital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, increased the OPD fee from Rs20 to Rs30 and issued a notification in this regard. The PHC has expressed annoyance over increase in the fee and sought reply from the hospital director in this regard.

Justice Qaiser Khursheed asked the hospital administration on what grounds they increased the OPD fee. On Wednesday, the hospital director appeared before the court. The court ordered that the OPD fee of LRH must be brought back to Rs20 with immediate effect.

The LRH administration in its notification had said that the OPD fee will be increased by 150 percent during the next six months. It had said that the OPD fee will be increased to Rs40 from 1 April. It further said the OPD fee will be further raised to Rs50 from 1 July.

This step of the hospital drew widespread criticism after which the court took notice of the matter.

Naqeebullah murder case

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Wednesday rejected the bail application of seven accused in the murder case of Naqeebullah Mehsud and sent them to jail.

The court heard a case pertaining to the bail of seven accused. The court after hearing arguments rejected the bail plea and sent all the accused to jail. Those who have been sent to jail include Akbar Mallah, Khair Muhammad, Faisal, Imran Kazmi, Muhammad Anar, Shakeel and Abbas Zaidi.

Naqeebullah Mehsud, a shopkeeper and an aspiring model hailing from South Waziristan, along with three others, was shot dead allegedly by Rao Anwar and 11 of his subordinates in a fake encounter in Karachi’s Malir area on 13 January, 2018

Naqeeb’s murder triggered massive protests which forced the government to hold an inquiry into the matter. The inquiry found that Naqeeb was innocent and not involved in any subversive activity.

On 11 July, 2018, the ATC granted bail to Rao Anwar against a surety of Rs1 million. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court turned down a petition by Rao Anwar seeking removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

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