WEB DESK – The Supreme Court of Pakistan accepts the stance of Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) that delimitation of constituencies and holding local bodies elections is the responsibility of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The three member bench of the apex-court was headed by the chief justice, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, when it issued the verdict on Thursday in Karachi.
The court, reiterated its yesterday’s judgement in which the time frame of five months was granted to the province of Punjab and Sindh provincial governments for doing all required legislation for delimitation of constituencies.
MQM had submitted its detailed response over this issue in the supreme court on Wednesday. Advocate Farogh Naseem, leader of Mutahidda, while commenting on this verdict said “Previously the government had given the charge of delimitation to deputy commissioners. Now we all know that deputy commissioners are the part of provincial government. Moreover, they were allowed to declare any constituency rural or urban as they may pleased. So our stance to make ECP, an independent institute, the in charge of this process so that political influence of provincial government over delimitation could be minimized.”