Published On: Sun, Jan 5th, 2014
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Verdict on LG act: Sindh govt, MQM file petitions in SC

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Karachi: The provincial government of Sindh on Saturday challenged the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) decision declaring the Sindh Local Government Act and delimitation of union councils as unconstitutional in the Supreme Court. The appeal was filed in Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry.

“In a petition, the government has requested the apex court to overturn SHC’s verdict so that the local government (LG) elections can be held without further delays,” said Sindh advocate general Khalid Jawed Khan.

“The SHC has cited a difference of 40,000 in population between union councils as the main reason for the verdict and has suggested that LG elections be held on the basis of the delimitation carried out during General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s tenure,” he explained.

“However, there was a population gap of 50,000 between the union councils at that time in 2001.”

Khan added that they had submitted the application in Karachi but the case will most likely be heard in Islamabad. “No fundamental right of the candidates has been violated due to the forming of a panel,” he said. “Rather, it has strengthened the process.”

Meanwhile MQM has filed petition in Supreme Court (SC) praying that no decision may please be given without hearing it in Sindh government appeal plea against Sindh High Court (SHC) decision on nullification of local bodies ordinance amendments regarding delimitations.

MQM through the petition filed in SC Karachi registry has taken the plea that as per information available with it, government Sindh has decided to challenge SHC decision whereby it has nullified the amendments made by Sindh government in Local Bodies ordinance with reference to delimitations in constituencies of local bodies polls.

MQM requested the SC not to issue any decision without hearing it in this case. The petition has been filed by Mazhar Chohan advocate on behalf of MQM central leader Farooq Sattar.

It may be recalled that different political parties had filed petition in SHC against the amendments introduced by government of Sindh in local bodies’ ordinance with regard to delimitations. The SHC while granting these petitions had declared the amendments null and void.
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