SC may resched­ule LB polls: Jus­tice Khawaja

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

A three-mem­ber bench headed by Jus­tice Jawwad S Khawaja con­ducted hear­ing of lo­cal bod­ies elec­tion case in Supreme Court (SC) on Thurs­day.

Jus­tice Jawwad S Khawaja re­marked that no rea­son is present to de­lay pro­posed LB polls sched­ule of Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC). He said that LB polls are dif­fi­cult to con­duct but it is a truth that from the past six years the elec­tions are not meet­ing their con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ments. He stated that SC is ready to change the date of the elec­tion if nec­es­sary. Punjab has ac­cepted its fail­ure but Sindh is not ready to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Sindh gov­ern­ment's lawyer Fatah Ma­lik stated that we are also ready to apol­o­gize whereas the fail­ure to con­duct LB polls is the short- com­ing of the politi­cians. He also ar­gued that it is very dif­fi­cult to hold the elec­tions in Sindh.

Jus­tice Jawwad S Khawaja said that Sindh gov­ern­ment should ten­der an apol­ogy to the public if they have re­al­ized their mis­take. While cit­ing the ex­am­ple of Iran, he said that the neigh­bour­ing coun­try held two elec­tions in state of war. EC's lawyer stated that the court should also keep in view the sit­u­a­tion that had arisen af­ter the res­ig­na­tions of Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM). He said that ac­cep­tance of the res­ig­na­tions will in­crease the du­ties of EC.

Jus­tice Jawwad S Khawaja while re­spond­ing to his state­ment stated that the court has noth­ing to do with this. How­ever; the gov­ern­ment and EC should clar­ify their stance that whether or not they want to em­power the public fi­nan­cially, po­lit­i­cally and ad­min­is­tra­tively.

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