SHC suspends operation of Thar commission


KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday suspended the operation of a notification issued by Sindh government for formation of three-member commission to probe Thar tragedy and tackle the issues faced by famine-hit people.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar directed provincial law officer Abdul Fatah Malik to submit comments of chief secretary Sindh in response to the contempt application filed by Pakistan Institute of Labor Education and Research and two other NGOs. Hearing of case was adjourned till May 15.

Applicant’s counsel Faisal Siddiqui submitted that earlier on April 11, SHC bench had directed the federal & provincial law officer and representatives of the applicants to suggest the formation and mandate of the commission to tackle issues facing people of Thar.

He informed the two-judge bench that in a deliberate attempt to undermine and violate the April 11 order, chief secretary Sindh had issued a notification dated April 14 for formation of so-called three-member commission.

Chief secretary had consciously, deliberately and willfully attempted to subvert, undermine the order of the high court, he said while requesting the court to punish chief secretary for his actions.

It may be mentioned here that earlier the bench while hearing the petitions filed by Pakistan Institute of Labor Education and Research and two other NGOs had observed that a suitable approach towards mitigation of issues faced by famine affected people would be formation of the commission. It therefore directed federal and provincial law officer and representatives of petitioners to give their suggestions on the formation commission.

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