ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court expressed displeasure on the non-appointment of Sindh Advocate General, remarking that the delimitation case is an important case and the non-appointment of Sindh AG so far is highly regrettable as it is a matter of representation of the people.
A 3-member SC bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan took up the case of delimitation of constituencies in Sindh for hearing Monday.
The Sindh Additional Advocate General appeared and prayed the court to adjourn the hearing for some days as Sindh AG has not been appointed so far.
The CJP remarked, "Such type of request-seeking adjournment of hearing of the case will lead to wastage of time only. The government could appoint a private lawyer too.”
Justice Khilji Arif Hussain remarked that the people are looking forward to electing their representatives and the government has not appointed AG so far. It is matter of representation of the people and could not be kept pending for more time.
The court appointed Makhdoom Ali Khan and Khwaja Haris as amicus curiae in this case and adjourned the hearing until February 11.
Talking to media men with reference to delimitation case outside the SC, counsel for the MQM, Farogh Nasim alleged that the Sindh government did not want to hold the Local Bodies polls. Unalloyed democracy will not come in the country if the LB polls are not conducted, he added.
He held that the public rights could neither be protected through the elections of Senate, National Assembly and provincial assemblies nor can these elections take place equitably. It is imperative that powers be devolved to grass root level and the LB polls be held on this count. On the other hand, the Sindh government is avoiding conducting LB polls, he added. All political parties should respect mandate of each other and no attempt be made to ambush on the mandate of any one, he stressed.