SHC de­clares amend­ments to SLGA-2013 void

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE - IR­FAN ALIGI

KARACHI— Sindh High Court (SHC) while giv­ing its short verdict on a pe­ti­tion filed by the Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) and PML-N de­clared amend­ments made to the Sindh Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act (SLGA)2013 as un­con­sti­tu­tional.

PML(F), Ja­maat-e-Is­lami and in­de­pends in Sindh As­sem­bly had also chal­lenged the amend­ment

In the short verdict the SHC held that the amend­ments were in vi­o­la­tion of Ar­ti­cles 17, 25, 140, 218 and 219 of the Con­sti­tu­tion of Pak­istan.

The SHC through its 78page verdict de­clared the no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued on Nov 21 and Dec 13 by the Sindh pro­vin­cial gov-

ern­ment on the de­lim­i­ta­tions as un­con­sti­tu­tional. The SHC, how­ever, said that the conduction of lo­cal body polls could be made on the ba­sis of pre­vi­ous de­lim­i­ta­tions and if the Sindh pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment be­lieved the de­lim­i­ta­tions were nec­es­sary and that the dead­line of hold­ing of the lo­cal body polls should be ex­tended, then the gov­ern­ment should ap­proach the Supreme Court of Pak­istan.

SHC de­clared de­lim­i­ta­tions of Karachi, Hy­der­abad, Mir­purkhas, Sukkur and Larkana as null and void and noted in the verdict that those were in vi­o­la­tion to the ba­sic hu­man rights.

Soon af­ter the SHC’s verdict was made pub­lic, the MQM sum­moned a meet­ing of its law­mak­ers in Sindh As­sem­bly premises.

Op­po­si­tion Leader in Sindh as­sem­bly, Syed Faisal Sabzwari ap­pre­ci­ated the SHC for giv­ing a his­tor­i­cal verdict.

He said in Karachi that MQM would de­mand the Sindh pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to en­sure lo­cal body polls should on time.

He al­leged the Sindh pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment had in­tro­duced amend­ments in the SLGA-2013 know­ing that the SHC would de­clare them null and void be­cause the gov­ern­ment had a plan to de­lay the process of lo­cal body polls. How­ever, the verdict of the SHC was his­tor­i­cal and the truth and re­al­ity could never be sup­pressed on the ba­sis of ma­jor­ity. He de­manded the Sindh pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment not to make any fur­ther de­lay in mak­ing an­nounce­ment about the conduction of lo­cal body polls.

Sindh Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion, Archives and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Shar­jeel Me­mon said that the pos­si­bil­ity of con­duct­ing the lo­cal body polls in the prov­ince on Jan 18 had been ren­dered im­pos­si­ble fol­low­ing the or­ders of the Sindh High Court Mon­day (yes­ter­day).

The Min­is­ter said that Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party Par­lia­men­tar­ian (PPPP) would not ac­cept de­lim­i­ta­tions that were con­ducted in the year of 2001 be­cause those de­lim­i­ta­tions were made on or­ders of the then mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor Pervez Mushar­raf in or­der to please his al­lies as po­lit­i­cal bribe.

He said that the Sindh pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment had the op­tion to move Supreme Court of Pak­istan to chal­lenge the or­ders of the SHC.

He said this while talk­ing to the news­men at his of­fice Mon­day. In Sukkar, the Sindh Chief Min­ster con­firmed in­ten­tion of his gov­ern­ment to go in ap­peal.

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