Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab assure SC of holding LB elections

ISLAMABAD: The governments of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab have assured the Supreme Court of holding Local Body (LB) elections.

A three member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case pertaining to the Local Body elections on Wednesday.

During proceedings, Advocate General Sindh informed the apex court that the provincial government was ready to hold LB elections on November 27.

The Advocate Generals of Balochistan and Punjab told the apex court that their provincial governments would be ready to hold LB elections on December 7.

The apex court summoned the Attorney General over the matter of conducting polls in the federal capital. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that the Attorney General should explain why the law and constitution are not being implemented.

Meanwhile, the Advocate General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa informed the apex court that a session of the provincial assembly had been summoned in which the date for Local Body elections would be presented.

Chief Justice Chaudhry asked what would happen if the session continues for one month? He added that failure to implement the law and constitution was beyond comprehension. Holding LB elections is the constitutional responsibility of the governments, he said.

The hearing of the case has been adjourned till October 25. (Geo)