SC rejects ECP plea on Karachi delimitations

KARACHI — The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday rejected a review petition filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding the electoral delimitation of Karachi’s constituencies.

By Rehan Siddiqui

Published: Thu 28 Feb 2013, 9:07 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:35 PM

A larger bench of the top court headed by Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali resumed the hearing of the Karachi law and order suo motu implementation case at the apex court’s Karachi registry.

During the hearing, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain remarked that it was the Election Commission’s responsibility to ensure that transparent general elections were conducted to avoid any controversy.

Earlier, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim had stated that under the present circumstances it was impossible to carry out delimitation of Karachi’s constituencies although at first he had stated that it was possible as ordered by the apex court.

The court remarked that the Secretary Election Commission and Chief Secretary of Sindh had already assured of implementation of the court directives

The court withdrew its show-cause notice issued to Sindh’s Inspector General Police (IGP) Fayyaz Leghari after the Sindh’s top cop submitted a written apology in court.

The IGP in his reply assured the bench that all police officers involved in illegal activities would be suspended and action would be taken against them.

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