LAHORE - The PML-Q yesterday filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court challenging election of reserved seats of the local governments on the basis of old schedule.

The party moved the petition through Advocate Advocate Mubeen Qazi and submitted previously all cases challenging amendments made were disposed of by the high court after the government withdrew these amendments.

The petitioner through his counsel contended that the election commission just announced the date of the polling and the lection were not held as per the law prevalent on August 26, 2015. The fresh election schedule was not issued, said the petitioner. He further said that  ECP earlier announced the schedule by adopting the amendments in law on the basis of enhanced number of seats but the amendment  was withdrawn, the same schedule cannot be used for reduced number of seats.

The party stated on the ground that under the said schedule the submission of nomination papers was to commence from Jan 20, 2016, on which date the law was again amended and the mode of filling up the reserved seats was changed from indirect elections to the proportional representation system as per the political parties list.

It further stated that a large number of candidates especially the candidates of the political parties were being deprived of their valuable rights to contest / participate in the elections of the reserved seats due to inefficiency and acts of the ECP. He submitted that without maximum participation in the elections, the objective of democracy could not be achieved.

The petitioner prayed to the court to set aside the election on the basis of old schedule and direct the ECP to issue a fresh election schedule.

In another case, the LHC yesterday disposed of a petition of Punjab opposition leader against ‘objectionable’ ads on television with directions to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to decide the matter within three months.

Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed had filed the petition through his counsel Advocate Sheraz Zaka and submitted that Pemra failed to discharge its duty to stop immoral content on the televisions.

He said the court had also ordered Pemra to stop obscene ads/content on electronic media but the authority failed to comply with it.

Advocate Sheraz Zaka pleaded that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had failed to discharge its duty to stop immoral content on the TV channels.

He said indecency and obscenity had been depicted in these ads. He argued that such advertisements negated the principles of Islamic injunctions as women were being portrayed in indecent clothes and as a ‘commodity’ that is strictly prohibited in Islam.

The lawyer asked the court to order Pemra to stop the indecent and objectionable ads on the television channels.

After hearing arguments of the petitioner’s counsel, LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah disposed of the petition and referred the matter to Pemra chairman and directed the respondent department to decide it within three months.

Hafiz Saeed moves LHC

against federal govt

Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed yesterday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court seeking directions for the federal government to take up the issue of occupied Kashmir at United Nations Security Council.

Saeed filed petition through Advocate A K Dogar and submitted that India had been committing atrocities on Kashmiris and had been violating the UN resolutions. India also did not give Kashmiris their right to self-determination whether they wanted to live with India or not. For last more than one month, the Indian forces are killing innocent Kashmiris,” the petitioner said.

He requested the court to order the federal government to take up Kashmir issue at Security Council in order to force India to obey the Security Council’s resolution passed in April 1948, and to highlight the issue at international level so the people could know the real face of India.