The Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM)-backed candidate to one of the two general seats of Kashmiri migrants in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) elections moved a contempt of court application here on Monday before the High Court of Sindh (SHC) challenging a report moved by the Sindh police seeking a postponement of the polls scheduled to be held on July 20 on grounds identical to the previous one.
Muqeem Advocate from the MQM lawyers wing moved the application on behalf of petitioner Saleem Butt. The petitioner maintained that on July 4, a division bench of the SHC comprising Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, disposed of a constitutional petition filed by the two contesting candidates from the MQM.
The SHC ruled that before sending or generating any letter asking to delay the elections, the respondent Sindh government would take the petitioners into confidence and even in case of a disagreement, the report could be sent to the authorities concerned, the applicant said, stating that in violation of SHC orders, the respondents have moved a report requesting the elections authority to postpone the polling scheduled to be held on July 20 to some other date. The application is likely to be heard on Tuesday.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2011.
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