Supreme Court of Pakistan has questioned the additional marks for Hafiz-e-Quran students. Hafiz-e-Quran students are awarded 20 additional marks in merit for undergraduate admissions in any degree program. According to the details, the Supreme Court (SC) has issued notices to the federation, Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), and others.
A student named Mismat Shehla's filed a petition mentioning that she was not awarded additional marks due to which she was unable to secure admission to Bolan Medical University Quetta. A bench headed by Justice Qazi Faiz Issa in the Supreme Court Karachi Registry heard the petition. During the proceedings, the court remarked that why additional marks should be given for admission in medical and other universities on the basis of Hifz-e-Quran.
The court issued notices to the federation, Pakistan Medical Commission, and other stakeholders. Justice Qazi Faiz Issa remarked that this is an important issue and we will decide on it after hearing the parties. Hifz-e-Quran can be regarded as a quality while recruiting an Imam Masjid but what it has to do with the Medical profession.
Petitioner Mesmat Shehla said that 20 additional marks of Hifz-e-Qur'an were not given for merit. Justice Qazi Faiz Issa remarked that it should be stated whether a Hafiz-e-Quran student would become a better doctor. The court remarked that it is a sacred act but why should one be admitted to medical on this basis? The petitioner's counsel stated that this would be a very sensitive matter.
Justice Qazi Faiz Issa in his remarks said that why are you afraid of religion? Religion is very easy, the Supreme Court rejected the petition of Mesmat Shehla, the court remarked that the hearing regarding additional marks for admission of Hafiz Quran will be held separately.