LHC takes up plea seeking LGs restoration

Staff Reporter

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday issued a notice to the Punjab government on a petition seeking implementation of the Supreme Court’s judgment about restoration of local governments in Punjab.

A single bench of the high court (LHC) comprising Justice Ayesha A Malik took up the petition filed by former Lahore Lord Mayor Col (retd) Mubashir Javed and others.

The petitioners stated before the court (LHC) that the provincial government was not restoring the local governments despite the Supreme Court’s judgement.

They said the government failed to implement the Supreme Court decision, due to which a contempt of court proceedings should be imitated against the Punjab government.

On March 25, a bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, through a short order, termed Section 3 of the Punjab Local Bodies Act in contravention of the Constitution and ordered to restore local governments in Punjab province.

The top court declared the government’s decision to dissolve the local governments unconstitutional. The Supreme Court issued its detailed judgment on July 5. The court has ordered restoration of all local bodies and has ordered the government to implement the ruling.

The government, however, is of the view that the verdict has been taken in contrast to its plea it has taken in the court.

So far, the government has not taken any step, which could reflect that it is going to restore the local bodies as it has been planning for local bodies elections

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