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LHC seeks assistance in petition against delimitations

27 December, 2013

LAHORE: A full bench of Lahore High Court on Thursday sought assistance on maintainability of a petition against delimitation for upcoming local bodies' election in Punjab.

Bench comprising Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Muhammad Farraukh Irfan Khan and Justice Atar Mahmood deferred the hearing for further arguments till Friday (today).

Earlier, an Assistant Advocate General Waqas Qadir Dar informed that LHC division bench Multan on December 16 and LHC division bench Lahore on Decmber 19 had already turned down the request to hold proceedings on question of delimitation when the election schedule had already been announced.

He said that section 10-A of the Local Government Act bars any such proceedings when the election schedule had been announced.

Petitioner counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique said both the benches did not consider the constitutional implication of section 10-A. He said that under article 199 of the Constitution, the LHC had unlimited powers to take up constitutional and legal issues.

He said it was an issue of public interest and doors should not be closed to elect a public representative and the LHC had every authority to settle the issue.

Petitioner counsel earlier had submitted that LHC single bench had given decision in favour of delimitation while another single bench had decided against the delimitation.

He said that two parallel decisions by the LHC had created anomaly and a large bench should adjudicate upon the matter to remove the irregularity.

He said that the provincial government had taken steps for delimitation of areas for these elections. He said that the authority of delimitation rests with the election commission and the Punjab government action was illegal.

He also said that neither government nor courts could decide about delimitation once election schedule was announced.

He requested that the provincial government should be restraint from doing delimitation exercise and should also be directed to hold early and party based elections.

SC seeks final proposal from pharma owner for compensation: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday sought final proposal from owner of Efroze Pharma for compensation to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology faulty medicine affectees.

The bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani passed the orders while hearing a suo motu notice of PIC medicine scam. The bench adjourning the matter till December 30 also sought assistance from prosecutor general Punjab and advocate general Punjab.

Earlier, Efroze Pharma owner along his counsel appeared before the bench.

To a query, the counsel told that the pharma owner was ready to pay a compensation of Rs 400,000 to each affectee but the payment would be made in a period of two years. He further submitted that the offer was linked to withdrawal of cases against the owners.

However, the bench rejecting the proposal observed that the factory owners earn millions of rupees but they were not ready to a small compensation to the affectees who died due to use of faulty medicine manufactured by the Pharma.

The bench adjourning the matter till December 30 sought final proposal from the Pharma Owners after increasing compensation amount.

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