Published On: Tue, Dec 31st, 2013
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MQM urges Sindh govt to ensure LB elections on Jan 18

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KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Monday urged the Sindh government to implement Sindh High Court decision on the local bodies law and ensure holding of elections on the scheduled date of Jan 18.

Addressing a press conference, MQM’s Faisal Sabzwari said his party was ready to take part in elections, adding that it would continue to put pressure on the provincial government for implementation of SHC orders.

“Amendments to the Sindh Local Government Ordinance were based on ill will, we are thankful to the court for its ruling,” he said.

He said that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) tried to turn black into white on basis of majority, Sabzwari said.

Earlier today, a Division Bench of the SHC, headed by Justice Sajad Ali Shah, delivered its short verdict on 10 identical petitions, filed by various political parties including MQM and Jamaat-e-Islami, challenging amendments in the LB law.

The court ruled that Sindh Local Government (third amendment) Ordinance has been passed by the Sindh Assembly unlawfully and all amendments in the ordinance are illegal.

“The existing set up and law in Sindh is not allowing local bodies to exercise the power of utilizing funds,” the MQM leader said, urging the govt to ensure free and fair elations.

“The government must announce on which date it is willing to hold elections, it should clarify as soon as possible, the candidates should be given appropriate time to runs their elections campaign,” he said.

The Sindh govt has announced that it is not ready to hold LB polls on 18 Jan.

Chief Minister Sindh‚ Syed Qaim Ali Shah said today that Sindh government will approach Supreme Court against the SHC decision.

Talking to media in Sukkur‚ he said that law experts would be consulted on the decision of the court declaring the amendments illegal.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);