KARACHI: The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) filed an application in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against the Election Commission’s notification for redrawing electoral constituencies in Karachi, Express News reported on Monday.
The court admitted the application for hearing.
While speaking to media after filing the request, MQM Deputy Convenor Farooq Sattar said the people of Karachi were being punished – through the delimitation order – for supporting MQM.
He further claimed that the order was aimed at dividing the party’s vote bank in the city.
Barrister Farogh Naseem represented the petitioner Farooq Sattar and argued that delimitation cannot be done unless fresh census is conducted. Delimitation, done to create equality in the constituencies, is not possible without fresh census.
The Supreme court ordered delimitation in October and if the ECP wanted to accomplish the task then they should have carried out fresh consensus and then delimitation, Farogh further said.
Later during the day, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the secretary Federal Statistics Division, Chief Statistician, Provincial Census Commissioner and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in reference to the petition filed by the MQM.
According to the ECP notification, three constituencies of National Assembly and eight constituencies of the Provincial Assembly will be subject to delimitation.
These include NA 239 (won by Abdul Qadir Patel of PPPP), NA250 (won by Khushbakht Shujaat of MQM), and NA254 (won by Dr Muhammad Ayub Sheikh of MQM). The provincial assembly constituencies are PS89, PS112, PS113, PS114, PS116, PS118 and PS124.
The commission has set up a five-member committee to implement the Supreme Court orders for delimitations in Karachi. According to the sources, Justice (r) Roshan Esani will head the committee.