ISLAMABAD If the Punjab government cannot hold bye-elections in the constituencies lying vacant since long, the Supreme Court itself will direct Attorney General of Pakistan to hold bye-elections with the help of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, remarked Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry here on Monday. The Chief Justice was hearing the petition filed by former federal minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed against the postponement of bye-polls in NA-55 Rawalpindi. The SC issued notices to Chief Election Commission, Chief Secretary Punjab as well as Acting Attorney General Shah Khawar to submit their viewpoints in this regard. A three-member bench of the apex court, consisting of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain passed an order in a Civil Petition 2121 of 2009 on appeal from the judgment dated 25/11/2209 passed by LHC. Earlier, Chief Election Commission, on the request of Punjab government had postponed election in NA-55 as government of Punjab submitted a plea in LHC, seeking postponement of election due to sensitive law and order situation in the said constituency. The CJ in his remarks said that the decision would be made according to the Constitution. Sheikh Rashid (petitioner) appeared personally along with his lawyer Wasim Sajjad before the court while Mehr Khan Malik appeared on behalf of Punjab government. The petition was filed under Article 185(3) of the Constitution for leave to appeal against the judgment of LHC. The learned counsel, Wasim Sajjad inter alia contended that Article 224 (4) of the Constitution says bye-elections shall be held within 60 days of the occurrence of vacancy. But in instant case, the schedule issued for the bye-elections of NA-55 Rawalpindi-VI has been postponed with the intervention of LHC where the writ petition was filed, seeking direction from the Election Commission not to hold election sans the consultation with provincial government, he argued. He described that as per the provision of Constitution, it is prerogative of the election Commission to issue election schedule as governments has nothing to do except to facilitate the elections. The Election Commission is an independent constitutional body and it is not subordinate of any administrative unit of the country, rather contrary to it, all the administrative units within the command of Election Commission are to carry out its orders, he argued. Later, fixing the plea for hearing Chief Justice adjourned the hearing till 30th December 2009.