Supreme Court questions 20 extra marks for Hafiz-e-Quran students for university admission

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After being denied 20 points for being a hafiz-e-Quran (a person who memorises the Holy Quran) for admission to a medical university, a student petitioned the Supreme Court.

Shehla said in court that if she had been given 20 extra marks for being a hafiz-e-Quran, she would have easily been accepted to the Bolan University of Medical and Health Sciences, Quetta, on merit.

Why a hafiz-e-Quran student should be given an extra 20 points for admission to medical and other universities, the court questioned.

“While this can be advantageous when aspiring to be a mosque imam or religious scholar, why should someone who has memorised the Quran is granted an extra 20 points?” Is it possible for a hafiz-e-Quran student to improve his or her medical skills? “Qazi Faez Isa, the Chief Justice, had enquired.

Being a hafiz-e-Quran is sacred,” the court reasoned, “but why should admittance to a medical college be based on that?”

Justice Isa wondered why the petitioner’s lawyer was worried when he mentioned that this was a sensitive topic. He commented, “Religion makes things easier for us.”

The student’s appeal was dismissed, and the court determined that the topic of extra marks for hafiz-e-Quran students would be heard separately.

The court also issued notifications to the government, Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), and others to respond to the case.

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