The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notice to the federal government on Monday against the imposition of commissionerate system in Sindh, Express 24/7 reported.
The notice came in the wake of a petition filed last week by Advocate Iqbal Haider, chairman of Awami Himyat Tehrik Pakistan, which asked the court to abolish the system terming it as unconstitutional and against the public interest.
The court ordered the federal government to submit a reply and further hearing on the issue may take place once the government replies to the court.
Haider argued that the system is a violation of several articles of the constitution including Article 140-A, 14, 9, 5 and 15.
The Sindh government had earlier issued three ordinances, restoring the local government system put in place by the administration of former President Ziaul Haq and the police system put in place by the first Viceroy of India, Lord Charles Canning.
The MQM also filed a petition in the SHC challenging the newly implemented system. MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that the implementation of the commissionerate system is a reflection of a dictatorial mindset.
Commissionerate system won’t be abolished: Federal Minister
The Federal Minister Syed Khursheed Shah said that the decision to restore the commissionerate system in Sindh will not be taken back while speaking to the media in Sukkur, reported Express News.
He also said that consultations within the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) are underway over appointment of a governor in Sindh, as Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Ishratul Ebad resigned from that position earlier as the MQM decided to pull back from the coalition with the PPP.
Shah said the current government is committed to continue its reconciliation policy and is waiting for the MQM to rejoin the ruling coalition.
He also spoke about provincial autonomy, saying that if the centre had allowed provinces to be autonomous 40 years ago, the East Pakistan debacle would not have happened.