Islamabad, December 14, 2012 (PPI-OT): In order to examine the issue of delimitation of constituencies in Karachi Division in the light of the observations of the Apex Court, the Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to take on board the political parties in Karachi for obtaining their views.
2- For this purpose, letters have sent to political parties asking them to nominate not more than two representatives to attend the meeting on 20th December, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in the ECP Secretariat, Islamabad. 3- A letter addressed to the political parties states that “As you are aware that the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan in its Order dated 06th October, 2011 passed in Suo Moto Case No.16 of 2011 (Commonly known as Watan Party’s case) has observed as under:
“To avoid political polarization and to break the cycle of ethnic strife and turf war, boundaries of administrative units like police stations, revenue estates, etc., ought to be altered so that the members of different communities may live together in peace and harmony, instead of allowing various groups to claim that particular areas belong to them and declaring certain areas as NO GO Areas under their fearful influence.
Subsequent thereto, on similar considerations, in view of relevant laws, delimitation of different constituencies has also to be undertaken with the same object and purpose, particularly to make Karachi, which is the hub of economic and commercial activities and also the face of Pakistan, a peaceful city in the near future. The Election Commission of Pakistan may also initiate the process on its own in this behalf.” On 28th November, 2012, a larger Bench of the Apex Court also passed an Order in the matter relevant part whereof reads as under:
“In response to our earlier order dated 26.11.2012, Mr. Ishtiak Ahmed Khan, Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan is present. When confronted with the observations of this Court regarding delimitation of different constituencies at Karachi, in line with the observations contained in the judgment in the case of Wattan Party (PLD 2011 S.C.997) at page 1131, and the stance earlier taken by the Election Commission of Pakistan through its Director General (Elections) Syed Sher Afgan, he candidly conceded that neither the Article 51(5) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 nor section 7(2) of the Delimitation of Constituencies Act 1974 are hurdle in the compliance of such observations.
He assured that now the task of delimitation of different constituencies in Karachi has been taken up by the Election Commission of Pakistan with the Government of Sindh, and, for this purpose, from today onward, he is going to hold three meetings with the concerned officials of the Government of Sindh, particularly, the Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh to make substantial progress in this regard.
He further assured that compliance of observations regarding delimitation of constituencies will be done / completed in its letter and spirit within the shortest possible time, after following due procedure and taking on board all the stakeholders, and such comprehensive report will be submitted for the perusal of this Court.
The Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh, who is also present in Court, has assured fullest cooperation to the Election Commission of Pakistan for this purpose. The Chief Secretary has also brought to our notice that boundaries of certain police stations at Karachi, as administrative units, have already been reconstituted, while the concerned District Coordination Officers/Deputy Commissioners has informed him that except in District West no reconstitution of revenue estate boundaries is required……”
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