LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday deferred for an indefinite period a petition challenging appointment of administrators in Punjab in place of the elected representatives of the Local Governments. On Tuesday, petitioners counsel Ch Fawad Hussian Advocate failed to appear in the court for proceedings and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed put off the hearing with the directions to the LHC office to re-list the petition some time later. Local Councils Association of Punjab (LCAP) President Syed Muhammad Asghar Gillani had filed the petition. The election commission of Pakistan and chief Secretary Punjab are respondents in the petition. It is pertinent to mention here that on the last date of hearing, the judge had issued notices to the election commission of Pakistan and chief Secretary Punjab and accordingly the respondents were present on Tuesday in the court but the petitioner counsel could not come. As per the petition, the petitioner through Ch Fawad Hussian Advocate pleaded that the elected representatives of the local bodies may be allowed to continue in their offices till the next regime of local bodies is elected through upcoming elections. Earlier, the petitioner counsel refilled amended petition with the permission of the court by adding the election commission of Pakistan as party in the case. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed had asked the petitioners counsel to make election commission as necessary party. The petitioner-association through its counsel had submitted that since the present government has come to power, it was making, directly or indirectly, every effort to subvert and sabotage the smooth functioning of the District Govts as it resorted to malicious and foul means to harass and torment the District Governments. District Coordination Officers (DCO) who under the law are responsible to assist elected representatives were made to act against the interest of the District Govt. He said at the first instance, the government revived Commissioners at division level that created a third layer of bureaucracy virtually undermining the authority of Local Governments. He said now provincial government had made amendment in Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001 by enacting Punjab Local government (Amendment) Act 2010 that, according to hum, is a clear violation of Art-140-A of the constitution. He said as a result of enactment, provincial govt not only dissolved the local bodies in Punjab but also appointed the Administrators through a notification. He said the most significant aspect of this system was a departure from bureaucratic system to representative system which is the essence of Local Government. He said newly appointed Administrators had assumed all powers of district and local government functions. He prayed to the court to set aside appointment of administrators by declaring amendment in the PLGO as ultra vires to the constitution. He further prayed that the elected representative of the Local bodied might be allowed to continue to their respective offices till the next election of local bodies.