LHC Orders Govt To Produce LG Election Schedule By Sep 16
LAHORE: Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday allowed time to the federal government until September 16 to produce the proposed schedule of local government elections in Punjab.
The judge, earlier on August 27, had directed the federal and Punjab governments to give a “clear-cut view” about holding local government elections.
On Tuesday, the deputy attorney general appeared and submitted a written reply on the issue of the local body elections. The DAG submitted that the holding of local body polls was not the federal government’s responsibility and that the proposed schedule for the elections would be given on the next date of hearing. The judge remarked that the federal and provincial governments were playing with fire as they were not realising the consequences of not holding such elections. He observed that if both governments did not resolve the dispute cordially, he would not hesitate to pass an appropriate order. Local Councils Association Pakistan (LCAP) President Anwar Hussain had filed the petition through Chaudhry Fawad advocate.
Fawad had submitted that the Punjab government was getting control of the local government and alleged that since coming into power, the incumbent provincial government had resorted to malicious means of harassing and tormenting district governments. He said that as part of this campaign, the government had revived commissioners at division level and created a third layer of bureaucracy virtually undermining the authority of local governments. He said that adopting in the same sequence, now the provincial government on the basis of its numerical strength in the provincial assembly, had enacted the Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Act 2010 in clear violation of Article 140-A, 2-A, 7, 9, 17, and 32 of the constitution.