ISLAMABAD - Hearing a petition on expenses in the elections , the Supreme Court on Monday directed the federation to submit a reply today (Tuesday) on the matter. The directives came as Attorney General Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq informed the court that the federation had no objection on the contents of the Workers Party’s petition.The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) prayed the court to become party in this case, while Jamaat-e-Islami (ji) in its reply stated that the only way to control election expenditure was the proportional representation system.A three-member bench - comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Pervez - was hearing the case, before which Abid Hassan Manto, the counsel for Workers Party, argued that the court should issue directives for curtailing expenses in the elections . The chief justice remarked that millions of rupees were spent in Senate elections , adding that various lobbies invested money in the elections to come in the government.He said the political parties should decide themselves to curtail expenses in elections and the Parliament should amend the election laws.The chief justice said most of the amendments regarding elections were introduced during the former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf’s regime. He said PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain himself in the court had stated that candidates always lied about the expenditure in the elections after winning the seats.Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said there was a need to change the political culture. “Unless the voters do not know the value of their votes, there will be no change ,” he said and added the judiciary would not allow unconstitutional steps now. The chief justice questioned why Supreme Court decision was needed in everything and why not the political parties did legislation on the subject in the Parliament.Praising Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the CJ said there were still a few political parties in Pakistan, which spent less in the elections . “The MQM fields ordinary citizens in the elections , and many of its parliamentarians even do not have personal car. In Karachi, the election expenditures are less than one million,” he added.Chief Justice Chaudhry said, “The biggest problem on the election day is to take out the voters from their homes. People instead of going to polling stations to cast their votes prefer to watch movies at homes,” adding that the judiciary and politicians were responsible for this culture. Abid Hassan Manto said this was the reason that dictators managed to usurp power. Justice Khilji remarked that people now should forget the martial law, as no one would be allowed to take unconstitutional steps.Justice Tariq Pervez said the political culture changed with the passage of time and not due to the Supreme Court verdicts. He said there was an MP whose example could be quoted. The chief justice on that remarked that Jamshed Dasti, who lost his seat in light of the Supreme Court decision. He respected the court judgment and people again elected him. He said people themselves had to introduce the political reforms.Justice Khilji asked the learned counsel for Workers Party as to why he not approached the Parliament for curtailing expenditure in the general elections , “Don’t put the burden of 180 million (people) on the court.”Manto said the parliament did not do anything as MQM’s several bills on the issue were not even discussed.The hearing was adjourned till today (Tuesday).