ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan has on Thursday restored the local government system in Punjab while terming Section-III of the Local Government Act as unconstitutional.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, conducted the hearing over the matter pertaining to local government elections. The CJP inquired that why the Punjab government dissolved the local government system.
The petitioner’s counsel told the court that the government had announced to conduct elections within a year but it made an amendment after the deadline and then introduced the ordinance.
Additional advocate general of Punjab told the court that the provincial government is ready to hold the local government elections and wants to shift the power to the grass-root level. The matter is pending in the Council of Common Interests (CCI) and its meeting is scheduled for April 7, he added.