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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday heard a similar petition regarding local elections in the federal capital and on Friday notified the respondents.

Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard petitions seeking increase in the number of Union Councils (UCs), changes in electoral rolls and postponement of LG elections. At the outset, Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali said that the petitioner did not challenge the allegation of increasing the number of UCs. The General Election Commission of Pakistan has issued a new notification regarding the Capital Election Commission and the EC has also issued an order and informed the court that the local body elections in the Federal Capital will be conducted as per schedule. The Chief Justice asked PTI’s lawyer how he was disrespecting the court at a time when elections were going on in the capital. “How can courts stop Parliament from passing laws?” he asked. According to the Chief Justice, the court decided to schedule them as other similar applications were filed.

Justice Aamer Farooq asked why the petition was only filed against the Prime Minister when the Union Government had given permission to increase the number of UCs. The court said it hoped the government and EU would resolve the issue if there were any issues. However, the court considered that the application related to changes in the voter list is more important.

Advocate General Jahangir Jadun also challenged the ECP’s decision to reject the federal government’s notification. The court issued a notice to the ECP and other respondents on Friday and adjourned the hearing.


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