ISLAMABAD - The Sindh government on Saturday approached the Supreme Court against the Sindh High Court’s decision declaring the amendments to the Sindh Local Governments Ordinance, 2013, and fresh delimitations in the province as unconstitutional.

The advocate general for Sindh said the government in its petition was of the opinion that all the amendments in the ordinance passed in the Sindh Assembly were as per the law, and that redrawing of constituencies was also made under the law.

Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement also approached the apex court and pleaded it to uphold the high court’s decision. "It is requested to the court that it must hear MQM's point of view before issuing the decision." A week earlier, a divisional bench of SHC, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, delivered its short verdict on 10 identical petitions, filed by various political parties, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional challenging amendments in the local bodies law.

The court ruled the Sindh Local Government (third amendment) Ordinance, 2013, had been passed unlawfully and all the amendments in the ordinance were illegal.

The court ruled the local bodies elections should be arranged under Sindh Local Government Act, 2001. The court ordered the Sindh government that it should advance date for elections if it wanted new delimitations. The court directed the government to approach the Supreme Court for delimitation and postponement of LG polls in the province.