LAHORE: A full bench of the Lahore High Court postponed tillTuesday (today) hearing of a petition, seeking suspension of local government election’s schedule due to non-completion of process of delimitations in union councils.
Additional Attorney General Naseer Bhutt, while opposing the petition, said on Monday that the new delimitations were done according to the local government law and now the delimitation process could not be questioned before a court of law. He said that after issuance of the election schedule the delimitations could not be done.
A resident of Toba Tek Singh, Iqrar Hussain had filed the petition in this regard.
Petitioner counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique said both the benches did not consider the constitutional implication of section 10-A.
He said that under article 199 of the Constitution, the LHC had unlimited powers to take up constitutional and legal issues. He said it was an issue of public interest and doors should not be closed to elect a public representative and the LHC had every authority to settle the issue.
Petitioner counsel earlier had submitted that LHC single bench had given decision in favour of delimitations while another single bench had decided against the delimitation. He said that two parallel decisions by the LHC had created anomaly and a large bench should adjudicate upon the matter to remove the irregularity.
He said that the provincial government had taken steps for delimitation of areas for these elections. He said that the authority of delimitation rested with the election commission and the Punjab government action was illegal.
He also said that neither government nor courts could decide about delimitation once election schedule was announced. He requested that the provincial government should be restrained from carrying out some delimitation and should also be directed to hold early and party-based elections.
SC asks medicine company to pay compensation to victims: A full bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the manufacturing company to pay compensation to victims who died after consuming a spurious tablet (Isotab) at Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).
The company m/s Efroze Chemicals undertook on Monday that it would pay compensation of Rs 400,000 to each heir of patients died due to its medicine at the PIC and Rs 50,000 to patients who survived. The company assured the payment would be made within six months, for which the process would start on January 15, 2014.
The bench remarked that the court would monitor the process of payments and if the payments were not made within the stipulated time, they would take the notice of the situation.
The Supreme Court had initiated suo motu proceedings in case against PIC spurious medicine scandal.
The Karachi based pharmaceutical company was manufacturer of “Isotab”, the medicine that led to deaths of the patients.
About these deaths the Punjab health secretary had submitted a detailed report regarding the patients affected by the spurious drugs.
He had stated in the report that from December 23 to February 11, a total of 929 patients affected with this medicine were admitted in different hospital of the provinces.
He had stated that out of this number, 707 patients were discharged after recovery while 103 patients were still under treatment at the hospitals. He stated that a total number of 120 patients died, 70 in Lahore, more than in all other cities of the province.
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