SHC puts off hearing of petitions against Karachi delimitations

April 2, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: The Sind High Court SHC on Monday put off the hearing of separate petitions filed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement MQM and Pakistan People’s Party PPP against Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision for delimitation of constituencies in Karachi.

A division bench, headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar, resumed the hearing of the petitions on Monday.

Advocate Farough Naseem on behalf of MQM stated that the ECP’s decision for delimitation of electoral boundaries in Karachi was unconstitutional as exercise of delimitation without the holding of a fresh census could not be undertaken. He contended that after announcing the schedule for general elections, notification for delimitation could not be issued.

Naseem submitted that the apex court had passed orders in November last year for carrying out exercise of delimitation, adding complying with court orders, the ECP should have accomplished the task after conducting fresh census at that time. He said that now electoral boundaries in the city should be delimited after the upcoming general elections.

Meanwhile, Abdul Qadir Patel, president PPP Karachi division aggrieved by ECP’s notification of delimitation submitted in petition that it was obligatory for ECP to take all the stakeholders on the board before undertaking exercise of delimitation and issuing notification in this regard. However, he added that ECP without taking stakeholders on board delimited the constituencies.

The court will take up the matter tomorrow Wednesday.