ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the date submitted by the government in the apex court for holding population census.
A full bench of the apex court headed by the Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jalami heard the suo motu case regarding delay in holding of population census in the country.
The government told the court that the exercise to hold population census will start in March or April next year. During the previous hearing the court had asked the government to submit a clear cut schedule for holding census in the country which is a constitutional requirement.
Attorney General for Pakistan told the court that the census could be carried out due to unavailability of Armed forces for the exercise. He informed the court that in March next year the process would be started. However, the court while terming the date given by the government just a formality rejected it.
The Chief Justice remarked that holding census was a constitution requirement which was not being met.
He said that on one had there was excessive talks about strengthening civilian institutions while on the other hand for each and every emergency Army was called in. The CJ questioned as to what police and other civilian institutions were doing. “Whether they are only meant for drawing salaries,” he asked. He deplored that even today the SC was seized with a matters for implementation of 2009’s decision.
Justice Jamali said that if the decisions of the apex court were not implemented then the SC should be closed down. He said that the government must tell the apex court in plain words that holding population census was out of its capacity.
The Chief Justice deplored that the apex court was seized with matters for implementing its decisions. He remarked that no political party was doing anything to break the status quo.
On the occasion, another member of the bench Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked that the government must amend the commutation to abolish the provisions for holding census.
The court directed the AGP to inform it about new date of population census after consulting the government by December. The court adjourned further hearing of the case till December 1.