On Friday, the Sindh High Court (SHC) issued a notice to the provincial government in response to a plea brought by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) to have the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Sindh local government (LG) Law implemented.
The advocate general of Sindh was also given notice by a bench of the SHC to file the province authorities’ remarks on the case by the next hearing.
The Sindh High Court issued orders requiring all petitions relating to local government (LG) laws to be tagged together for a consolidated hearing.
The bench questioned at the start of the session, “Has the Supreme Court not decided this case?”
The petitioner’s lawyer, Tariq Mansoor, indicated that his client has come to this court to have the apex court’s decision implemented. In light of the Court’s decision, he requested that the Sindh government alter the local government law.
Kanwar Naveed Jameel of the MQM and other MQM officials filed the petition, which seeks to strengthen local governments in Sindh as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision.
On February 1, the Sindh government was ordered by the Supreme Court to devolve powers to the province’s municipal governments.
The top court ruled on a case brought by the MQM-P, which requested that power be transferred to local bodies in Sindh.
Former Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, who wrote the decision, stated that it was the jurisdiction of local governments to create and implement master plans. The SC held that a project that falls under the jurisdiction of the local government cannot be started by the provincial government.