The Supreme Court rejected the Muttahida Quami Movement's petition against the delimitation of electoral voting zones in Karachi on Monday, Express News reported.
Labelling the petition as pointless, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali told MQM’s lawyer Faroogh A Naseem, “the Supreme Court has not ordered the election commission to carry out Karachi's delimitation. Hence, review petition of this issue is pointless.”
The court representative of the election commission presented a written statement saying the delimitation of constituencies is not taking place in Karachi.
The plea was discussed during the hearing of Karachi law and order case heard by a five-member bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali at Karachi registry today.
On January 9, the court ordered the Registrar Office to admit MQM's plea for hearing and dismissed the registrar’s reservations.
MQM, the only political party opposing the delimitation, had filed the review petition in December against the SC’s verdict on the issue.
The petition pleaded that the court’s rulings of Nov 26 and Nov 28 were “in violation” of the Constitution.
Farooq Sattar had said that a delimitation process which was only limited to Karachi and without a census was equivalent to pre-poll rigging.
On Nov 26, a five-member bench of the apex court had observed that constituencies in Karachi should be delimited in a manner that they comprise “mixed population” to avoid political polarisation.
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