PML-N, PPP don’t want to hold LG polls in Punjab, Sindh: SC

* CJP says our political parties talk of democracy while sitting on opposition benches but forget democracy after coming into power

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that the Pakistan Muslim-League-Nawaz and the Pakistan People’s Party do not want to hold local government elections in Punjab and Sindh.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has remarked that “it is interesting aspect of our democratic government that ruling party on becoming opposition party talks of democracy but forgets democracy after coming to power”. A three-member bench of the court presided over by CJP Jillani took up for hearing the case of delimitation of constituencies. He further remarked that the “provincial governments do not want cake sharing by not holding local bodies polls. 
The court said that prima facie sections 7 and 17 of Local Bodies (LB) laws enacted by the Punjab government run counter to each other. It said the lawmakers have not made distinction between the powers of the election commission and governments on holding the local bodies elections. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain observed, “The PML-N and PPP do not want to hold LB polls in Punjab and Sindh because they fear this way they will have to devolve powers at grass root level. 
The court said such a vital case is being heard but not a single political party has dared to knock the door of the court. Only the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has approached the court but without a lawyer. The court observed that holding of local bodies elections is clearly laid out in the electoral manifestoes of all parties, including the PML-N and PPP, but no political party is sincere.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed remarked, “The level of seriousness of the political parties is such that they have accepted the conflicting decisions of the court with reference to the local bodies laws. No one is ready to go to the high court and the decision is sought by shifting the entire burden to the shoulders of the Supreme Court.” Akram Sheikh, Athar Siddique, PPP General Secretary Latif Khosa and other lawyers appeared in the court.  

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