In a ruling issued on Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition that sought to raise the number of minority special seats in the national and provincial assemblies.
According to a two-judge panel of the Supreme Court, presided over by Justice Ijazul Ahsan, the judgment of the Lahore High Court in the matter was affirmed.
As the court pointed out, a constitutional modification is required in order to increase the number of special seats reserved for minorities in the national and four provincial assemblies, which are currently at six.
In his ruling, Justice Ijazul Ahsan stated that the court was not entitled to issue an order to the parliament to modify the constitution.
“How could the court make a decision on increasing the number of minority members in the parliament?” Justice Ahsan asked of the court.
Before the petition was filed, the petitioner’s attorney argued that because the country’s population has increased dramatically in recent years, the parliament should be ordered to increase the number of minority seats not only in the National Assembly but also in the assemblies of the four provinces.