SHC seeks detailed reply from govt in Sindh Universities Act case

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on a petition against the Sindh Universities Amendment Bill 2018 issued notices to the government of Sindh and other respondents on Friday and sought their detailed reply.
According to details, President Pasban-e-Pakistan (PeP) Altaf Shakoor has challenged the Sindh Universities Amendment Bill 2018 through a constitutional petition (2009/2018). A two-member bench comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Adnan Iqbal Chaudhry heard the petition in which the petitioner has prayed to declare the Sindh Universities Amendment Act null and void.
During the hearing the government lawyer complained that they had not received the copy of the petition. However, Irfan Aziz Advocate, the lawyer of petitioner, said they have already provided the copy to the government lawyer and they have also handed over the copy to him in the court.
However, the SHC directed the respondents to submit their detailed reply by September 5.
The petitioner has submitted that the law was passed with malafide intention and it would close doors of education to students of urban areas of Sindh.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Adnan Iqbal Chaudhry heard the petition in which the petitioner has prayed to declare the Sindh Universities Amendment Act null and void.
After the passage of the act, the government universities were no longer independent institutions as the government representatives would occupy eight to ten seats in their syndicates. However, the SHC directed the respondents to submit their detailed reply by September 5. The higher education in Sindh would gravely suffer if the law was not annulled.—INP

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