The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday handed the control of the Sheikh Zayed Hospital over to the federal government of Pakistan.
A bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced the split 4-1 verdict, ruling that it is the right of the federal government to build and run the hospital which it said was transferred to the Punjab government without a legal process.
“No necessary legal measures were taken for the devolution of the hospital to the province. The 18th Amendment in this regard was misinterpreted,” read the ruling. “Three hospitals and a museum were illegally devolved to the provincial government.”
The Supreme Court of Pakistan directed that the ownership of the hospitals and museum be handed over to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led federal government within 90 days. Upon failure, the provincial government may approach the apex court for an extension in the deadline for implementation of the order.