According to ARY News, the Supreme Court dismissed the MQM’s request to halt Sindh’s local government elections on Tuesday.
A two-member panel of the Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice, has also ordered the Sindh government to respond to the issue.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) was represented by lawyer Farogh Naseem, who sought the court to order the federal government to submit its response to the lawsuit. The chief justice remarked, “The federal government if intends, can submit its reply.”
The province administration was given two weeks by Advocate General Sindh to deliver its response, but the bench refused to grant it.
“The local bodies elections are set on August 27, but the government would claim that the voting place is close if two weeks are provided to it,” Farogh Naseem stated.
The provincial government was required by the court to deliver its response by August 4, 2004.
The MQM-P had asked the highest court for a restraining order against the Sindh local government elections and an urgent hearing of the petition.
After its appeal before the Sindh High Court was denied, the MQM filed a petition with the Supreme Court.
Before proper legislation on the subject, the party has asked the top court to seek a restraining order on local government elections in Sindh.
Major political parties, including the MQM-P, had asked the Sindh High Court (SHC) in June to postpone the local government elections, but the request was denied.
While dismissing the request to postpone the election, the SHC had ordered the ECP to proceed with the provincial vote as planned.