ISLAMABAD: Dismissing the objections raised by the Registrar office, a five member larger bench of the Supreme Court accepted for regular hearing on Wednesday a review petition filed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement MQM against fresh delimitation of constituencies in Karachi before the upcoming general election.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry after hearing preliminary arguments advanced by Farogh Nasim, counsel for MQM, accepted the review plea for regular hearing. In his arguments, Farogh Nasim stated that his client had no objection over Nov 26, 2012 order of the Supreme Court for delimitation.
He termed the court order as correct and in the right direction. However, he said his client only challenged implementation of the court order as under the law delimitations could not be carried out without census. He said the delimitation process which was only limited to Karachi and even without a census was repugnant to prepoll rigging.
Later talking to reporters at the Supreme Court premises, Farogh Nasim said the process of fresh delimitations in Karachi could only be initiated after a fresh census was conducted. He said this stance had also been shared by Chief Election Commissioner CEC Justice r Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim.
On Nov 26, a five member bench of the apex court had ordered delimitation in Karachi and observed that the constituencies in Karachi should be delimited in a manner that they comprise ‘mixed population’ to avoid political polarization.
MQM, the only political party opposing the delimitation process in Karachi, had filed the review petition in December last year against the apex court’s order on the issue. The petitioner pleaded that the court’s rulings of Nov 26 and Nov 28, 2012 over the issue were in violation of the constitutional provisions.