A Division Bench of the Sindh High Court has declared Sindh Local Government Act-2013 unconstitutional and illegal.

The two-member bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah issued a short order today on ten identical petitions challenging the amendments in the local bodies act.

MQM‚ PML-N‚ PML-F and others had challenged the amendments in Sindh Local Government Act-2013 and the delimitation carried out in the province.

The division bench while declaring the Sindh Government delimitations notification issued in November 2013 as null and void‚ directed Sindh Government to hold local bodies’ elections in accordance with 2001 delimitation.  

Meanwhile Advocate General Sindh Khalid Javed has said Sindh government will file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the Sindh High Court’s decision declaring Sindh Local Government Act-2013 unconstitutional and illegal.

He said it will be impossible to hold local bodies’ elections as per schedule on old delimitations.

Chief Minister Sindh‚ Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Sindh government will approach Supreme Court against the decision of Sindh High Court .

Talking to media in Sukkur today‚ he said that law experts would be consulted on the decision of the court declaring Sindh Local Government Act-2013 illegal.

Meanwhile‚ Sindh Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Sikandar Mandhro told our Karachi correspondent that Sindh government will review the court's decision once it is in its hands. He said now it is up to the Election Commission as to whether or not it approaches the Apex Court for the extension in the date of election.

MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari has urged the Sindh government to ensure holding of Local Bodies election as per schedule.


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