KARACHI - Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday dismissed Sindh government’s appeal plea against provincial high court (SHC) decision on delimitation of constituencies for local bodies (LB) polls in the province maintaining carrying out delimitation and conducting elections were responsibilities of Election Commission (EC).

The petition was filed by the Sindh Government in the Karachi Registry of the apex court, appealing against the high court’s decision to nullify the delimitation process for the local government (LG) elections.

The court ruled, “Legislation be enacted in respect of delimitation and EC should complete delimitation process within five months and LB polls be conducted till November 15.

SC bench led by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani pronounced this short order after hearing miscellaneous petitions pertaining to delimitation for LB polls in Sindh on Thursday in Karachi Registry.

Talking to mediamen, counsel for MQM Senator Farogh Nasim said following hearing of the case SC had ruled in clear terms that delimitations had not been carried out in Sindh in line with law. MQM had appealed to SC through its petition that powers for carrying out delimitation should rest with a neutral institution and as per constitution of Pakistan this institution is EC. The recent delimitations made by Sindh government were got carried out through deputy commissioners, he added. They were empowered to declare any territory urban or rural.  He underlined that SC accepted MQM plea that powers for carrying out delimitations of constituencies for national, provincial assemblies’ election and LB polls should rest with EC.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed secretary establishment to appoint Inspector General of Sindh Police at the earliest and present a report in the court.

Three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani was hearing Karachi law and order implementation case here at SC Karachi Registry.

The chief justice expressed displeasure over the non-appointment of IGP, saying it showed the non-seriousness of authorities concerned that still acting police head was serving at the key post in the province despite deteriorating law and order situation. The chief justice directed the attorney general to ask secretary establishment for immediate appointment of IGP Sindh.