ISLAMABAD: The Punjab provincial government has approved the provision of powers of review the appeals against delimitation to the District Session Judges following advice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Three-member bench of apex court comprising Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the appeal moved by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision over delimitation for local bodies elections in the provinces.
As court resumed the hearing additional advocate general Hanif Khattana on the court quarry informed the court that as per the SC directives he had sought instruction from provincial government, adding that Punjab has no objection over the advice regarding empower the District Judges for hearing of the appeals against the delimitations.
The court observed that we appreciate the stance of Punjab government, adding that court wants that powers should be given to the District Session Judges prior to sending them thousands of appeals against delimitations. SC directed the advocate general to submit the written stance of provincial government.
Meanwhile, arguing the case counsel for ECP Akram Sheikh contended that the legislation should be done on federal level for giving powers of delimitations to ECP, he requested the court to nullify the legislation of provinces in this regard. The LHC has nullified the delimitations laws in Punjab, he added.
Akram Sheikh giving the references of interpretation of verse of Holly Quraan by the two great scholars Maulana Maudoodi and Syed Qutab Shaheed have said that the ballot box is the best way to implement the verse of the Holly Quraan.
After the completion of Akram Sheikh’s Arguments the court adjourned further hearing of case till next Monday.