Punjab to hold LB polls on Dec 14; SC told

Punjab to hold LB polls on Dec 14; SC told

Supreme-Court-with-flagISLAMABAD, (SANA): The government of Punjab has assured the Supreme Court of Pakistan that the local bodies’ (LB) elections in the province would be held on December 14, meanwhile Sindh government has stated that LB polls would be ensured on November 27, this year.

A two-member bench of apex court comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the case regarding LB elations on Monday.

The Advocate General Punjab appeared before the court and stated that government has completed home work and would hold LG polls on December, 27 and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) also has been informed from the decision. AG filed reply on the behalf of the provincial government in the court.

Meanwhile Advocate General Balochistan stated that due to uncertain law and order situation in the province the provincial cabinet has not been completed yet, but the provincial government would implement the court directives in letter and sprit. He said that the chief minister was on UK visit and there are problems in formation of provincial cabinet. Upon this Justice Jawwad said that the formation of the cabinet not the responsibility of the court.

The court directed the provincial advocate Generals (AG) to submit his stance in writing by today (Tuesday).

During the course of hearing the court observed that elected government is not fulfilling its constitutional duties, adding that the Secretary Defence had assured the court during the last hearing that LB polls in cantonment boards would be held in September.

The court is not going to take any action now but taking steps after keen consideration, Justice Jawwad said.

The court said that it seems that government of Sindh as well trying to go on back foot from its earlier stance that LB polls would be held on November, 27. Upon that AG Sindh assured the court that Sindh government would hold polls on November 27 as per its commitment.

Earlier the Attorney General Muneer A Malik informed the court that LB polls in Cantonment boards would be possible in November, adding that the summary for polls has been sent to the Prime Minister and PM has proposed some amendments.

The committee has been formed to address the proposed amendments and committee would give its recommendations to PM, Attorney General said adding that the process would take some time, so the polls would be possible in November.

The court ruled that the elected government of the country is not fulfilling its constitutional duties. Justice Jawwad said that the court was showing restraint on the matter.

Later the court adjourned the hearing of the case till today (Tuesday) and directed Advocate Generals to file their written replies.

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