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PTI files contempt of court plea against govt


Dec 21, 2022 , , , , ,

Islamabad High Court building in the federal capital. — IHC website
Islamabad High Court building in the federal capital. — IHC website

ISLAMABAD: Regarding the increase in the union councils of the federal capital, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ali Nawaz Awan submitted a contempt of court petition against the federal government at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday.

The plea stated that the high court has already given a verdict regarding the issue of the union council, adding that the court has stopped the increase in the number of union councils.

Awan, in his petition, highlighted that the government has committed contempt of court by increasing the number of union councils. The petitioner also requested contempt of court action against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and others.

PML-N files plea to stop LG polls

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shehzad Aurangzeb has also filed a plea, seeking to stop the local government elections in Islamabad that are scheduled to take place on December 31.

The petition stated that the federal government has increased the number of union councils from 101 to 125. “The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should be refrained from conducting elections based on the old voter list,” stated the petition.

The electoral body’s notification was restricted to only 101 UCs, said the petition, adding that these 101 unions do not exist. It further said that the government has also proposed amendments to the Local Government Act.

Federal govt increases UCs in Islamabad

A day earlier, the federal government approved a summary to increase the number of union councils in the federal capital from existing 101 to 125.

The summary stated that the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad administrator — deputy commissioner — has said that the present number of union councils is 101 as fixed on the basis of 2017 census. 

However, the population of Islamabad increased to 205 million in the last five years and therefore, it is appropriate that the number of UCs may be enhanced to 125.

It stated that Section 4 (1) and 6 (1) of the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act, 2015 authorises the federal government to determine the number of union councils within Islamabad through notification published in the official gazette.

The move is eyebrow-raising as it comes only a few days before the upcoming local bodies polls in Islamabad.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has already made it clear the local body polls for Islamabad would be held on December 31.

At present, the office of the Returning Officer of Islamabad is in process of training polling staff and deputing them at different polling stations. 

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