Islamabad: Supreme Court of Pakistan has reserved a verdict on Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) petition to make local bodies institutions powerful.
A larger bench of SC chaired by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the MQM-P petition.
During the course of the hearing, the MQM-P counsel told the court that Sindh government has powers for Building control authority and town planning while sewerage system and public transport system are also under the provincial government.
Chief Justice remarked that public transport runs one day in Karachi and very next day it disappears.
Justice Aijaz Ul Ahsan said to the counsel that can you get powers from the provincial government through negotiations.
The CJ said that the court will not come in between Sindh and local government over the dispute they have adding that we will not interfere in the powers of who make laws.
Justice Gulzar Ahmed went on to say that judging the provincial laws under the constitutions is the duty of the high courts adding that how we could give a such a verdict that will be applicable to whole of the country without listening to all the provinces?
The CJ also remarked that it is not a duty of the SC to see how many votes a party got in an election? adding that it is not our duty to count the votes of the political parties.
The federal government supported the stance of the MQM-P. Attorney general said that problems of the people are solved across the world through the local bodies.
The court reserving the verdict of the petition directed all the respondents to submit their point of view, relevant material in writing within a week.
The court clarified that we will give a guidelines regarding local bodies institutions of across the country.