Bismah Nayyer (ProPakistani). After shutting down stores across Punjab and surviving a suicide bomb attack on a protest held in front of Punjab Assembly Lahore earlier this month, Pakistan Chemist and Druggist Association (PCDA) finally decided to call off their strike upon surety from Law Minister Mr. Rana Sana Ullah Khan that the recent Punjab Drug Act 2017 will be revised with the consent of all stake holders.
Many handwritten notifications are floating on social media, claiming that negotiations were fruitful with the Punjab government. However, not a single signature of any government official was to found on these documents, putting a big question mark on their authenticity.
The Punjab Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2017 was introduced by Mr. Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Minister for Law & Parliamentary Affairs, last month in Punjab Assembly and was condemned by stakeholders. The bill is an amendment of the Drug Act 1976 which was introduced for the control and eradication of spurious, adulterated and substandard drugs.