Devolving LB powers to federal, provincial governments unlawful

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday set aside the objections of the Registrar’s Office over a constitutional petition filed by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) seeking directions for the Sindh government to devolve powers to the local government bodies.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed, heard identical petitions filed by MQM, PTI, PML-N leaders seeking empowerment of the local bodies.

The petitioners had challenged the Sindh Local Government Act (SLGA) seeking directions for the provincial government to devolve powers to the local bodies in the province in view of Article 140-A as well as Articles 3, 4, 9, 14, 16, 17, 19, 19A and 25 of the Constitution.

Barrister Ali Zafar, counsel for the PTI, appeared before the court and submitted that they had filed the constitutional petition; however, the Registrar’s Office of the apex court raised objections to it. He said that the petition was of very much importance hence it should also beheard with the identical petitions.