No overseas Pak­istani should de­prive of right to vote: CJP

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Supreme Court (SC) has once again di­rected At­tor­ney Gen­eral (AG) and Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) to evolve pro­ce­dure by March 18 to fa­cil­i­tate overseas Pak­ista­nis to ex­er­cise their right to vote.

A three-mem­ber bench of SC presided over by the Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan (CJP) Iftikhar Muham­mad Chaudhry took up the case on right to vote to overseas Pak­ista­nis on Fri­day. Dur­ing the course of hear­ing the court re­marked that no overseas Pak­istani be kept de­prived of his right to vote hop­ing that EC would com­plete the reg­is­tra­tion of overseas vot­ers.

Ear­lier the CJP re­marked " at least the votes of the overseas Pak­ista­nis be reg­is­tered. To which, Munir Paracha coun­sel for EC said reg­is­tra­tion of as many as 4.4 mil­lion el­i­gi­ble vot­ers has been car­ried out. Jus­tice Sheikh Az­mat Saeed ob­served "they have not in­cluded even a sin­gle per­son in overseas list af­ter July, 2012. They have filed wrong state­ment. What they say ver­bally is dif­fer­ent from what they say in writ­ing.

CJP re­marked "we have been ask­ing for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the or­ders since sev­eral days. Now the time is left very short. Jus­tice Sheikh Az­mat Saeed in­quired from Munir Paracha "if he would im­ple­ment the court's or­ders af­ter elec­tion. If the in­for­ma­tion about overseas Pak­ista­nis will come to him on foot. He can do noth­ing af­ter the elec­tion sched­ule comes".

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