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Govt can delimit constituencies, says CJ Jillani

19 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Tuesday said that only the government has power to form tribunals for the delimitation of constituencies.

He was heading a three-member bench of the apex court that resumed hearing into the case regarding delimitation of constituencies in Sindh province. Petitioner Syed Murad Ali Shah appeared before the bench and stated that the Sindh government cannot form tribunals for the delimitation of constituencies. Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that if a law is bad then it was a political matter but the court has authority to review unconstitutional laws.

No law can be justified because of someone's likes and dislikes, he added. Amicus Curiae Khawaja Haris told the court that the panel system was introduced in Sindh Local Government Act to support political parties. He termed the panel system unconstitutional. On this, Chief Justice Tassaduq Jillani remarked that Article 140 clearly states that provincial government is responsible to launch local government system in the province.

Justice Khilji Arif remarked that the country was not wrong but members of the assemblies made mistakes and there should be legislation to eliminate any fraud. Later, the court adjourned the hearing till today (Wednesday).


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