Court: SC retains its stay order against Sindh LG Act

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench on Tuesday retained its earlier stay order against the Sindh Local Government LG Act and adjourned further hearing till January 16.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed restrained the Sindh government to transfer any department to the Local Government during this period January 16.

At the onset of hearing, Anwar Mansoor, counsel for Sindh government, requested the court to adjourn the case, as he had to leave for England for medical treatment. The court accepted his request and put off further hearing till January 16, however directed him to ask his client to implement the court order by observing absolute status quo.

The counsel assured the court that he will withdraw his services from the Sindh government if court order was breached to any extent. He said the institution of judiciary was most important to him.

The petitioner has pleaded that the enforcement of the new local governments system in Sindh province will usher the province into an era of dual system, saying, “With promulgation of the new system, there will be two parallel systems prevalent in Sindh”.

According to the petitioner, the Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan had promulgated Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance SPLGO 2012 after the two allies reached consensus on the new local body system. But the other smaller parties including ANP, PML F and Sindhi nationalists vehemently opposed the local government law.

Under the new system, Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpur Khas and Larkana are given status of divisions. Mayors would head the metropolitan corporations of all five divisions.
Moreover, Karachi’s 18 towns have been restored. The system has also removed the urban-rural divide. The two parties have also incorporated roles of both commissioners and administrators.

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