SC rejects PTI’s Sindh LG polls plea, asks to refer to SHC

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Upholds objections by registrar’s office

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, wherein the former ruling party sought to delay the local body elections in Sindh.

Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan heard the petition in his chambers and declared that the Sindh High Court (SHC) was the “competent forum” to seek the “implementation of such judgements”.

According to the apex court’s order issued on Tuesday, the petitioners had approached the SC by “invoking” its jurisdiction under Article 184(3) of the Constitution of Pakistan – which states that “without prejudice to the provisions of Article 199, the Supreme Court shall, if it considers that a question of public importance with reference to the enforcement of any of the Fundamental Rights conferred by Chapter I of Part II is involved have the power to make an order of the nature mentioned in the said Article”.

However, the order maintained that “in view of the foregoing” of approaching the SHC, the objection raised by the registrar’s office was valid and upheld.

 

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