IHC clubs petitions about LG elections



The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday clubbed the identical petitions with regard to the local body elections in the capital and served notices to the respondents for Friday.

Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the petitions regarding increase in the number of union councils, changes in voter lists and seeking to postpone LG elections.

At the outset of hearing, Attorney General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali argued that the petitioner had not challenged the notification regarding the increase in the number of UCs. Director General Election Commission of Pakistan told the court that a new notification had been issued related to the UCs and the ECP had also issued order on it stating that the local body election in federal capital would be taken place as per its schedule.

Chief Justice asked the PTI’s lawyer how it was a contempt of court as the elections were taking place in the capital. How the court should stop the Parliament from legislations, he questioned.