SC summons VCs for granting affiliation to law colleges

LAHORE – The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday summoned vice chancellors of public sector universities to submit their affidavits and details about the affiliation granted to private law colleges.

A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and consisting of Justice Ijazul Ahsan took up the matter of law colleges’ affiliation with public sector universities at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry.

During the proceedings, the chief justice asked if the private law colleges granted affiliation by the public sector universities meet the criteria.

“Education is must for a country’s development,” the CJ remarked. He said that they believed in supremacy of law. The public should choose their own leaders, he observed. The CJ said that people criticised him for taking up cases of health and education and said that he had forgotten the cases of ordinary citizens, but this was not the case.

The CJ observed that judges would take up cases on Saturday and Sunday to put everything on the right track. The bench adjourned hearing of the case until Jan 20.

NA-154 by-poll challenged in LHC

A constitutional petition was moved to the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday, challenging the schedule for the by-election in the NA-154 constituency, Lodharan-1.

The National Assembly seat fell vacant after disqualification of PTI General Secretary Jahangir Khan Tareen.

Ausaf Ali and Zeeshan Ahmad of Lodharan moved the petition, submitting that the Election Commission of Pakistan, in order to conduct the by-election under Section 102 of the Election Act, 2017, issued the election schedule under Section 57 of the said Act and called upon the electorate of the constituency to elect a member to fill the said seat.  They said the impugned election schedule dated December 19 was illegal and unconstitutional. They alleged that electoral rolls of the electoral area had not been updated. The petitioners said that under the law and rules it was ECP’s duty to ensure that name of each and every CNIC holder is included in the electoral rolls and they get the right to vote.

The petitioners said that after disqualification of Jahangir Khan Tareen they were shocked to know that the ECP was going to hold the by-election under the old electoral rolls prepared for the general elections of 2013. They said a large number of young voters had attained age of 18 years and become entitled to be registered as voters.

Therefore, they said, the electoral rolls were neither accurate nor updated. As a result, many genuine voters had not been registered. The ECP, they said, was duty-bound to ensure that no voter is disenfranchised.

Besides, this is not the right time to hold the by-election, they said. They asked the court to set aside the election schedule for the NA-154 and restrain the ECP from conducting the election there.

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