SHC declares amendments to SLGA-2013 void
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.