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P L D 2004 LAHORE 733

PROVINCE OF PUNJAB
V/S
MISS ANAM ALI BHATTI AND OTHERS

Per Muhammad Sayeed Akhtar, J-Constitution of Pakistan (1973) Arts. 25,37,143 & 199–

The grievance of the respondents was that the reforms introduced in Punjab do not provide any choice in answering the question. Each candidate is to be tested through uniform question papers. Whereas the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Islamabad provides choice in answering the questions. It is a disparity and discrimination between the candidates registered and appearing in the forthcoming examinations of the Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Islamabad provides choice in answering the questions. It is a disparity and discrimination between the candidates registered and appearing in the forthcoming examinations of the Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Punjab and the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Islamabad and that the same is violative of Article of 25 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. [p. 738] A.

The concept of “equal protection before law” and “equality before law” means that all persons similarly situate or similarly placed are to be treated alike. The reasonable classification is permissible but it must be founded on reasonable distinction or reasonable basis. Enunciating the principle of classification the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of I.A. Sehrwani and others v. Government of Pakistan through Secretary Finance Division, Islamabad and others 1991 SCMR 1041 [p. 742] F

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