LB elections: Petition seeking contempt case against PM filed in SC

ISLAMABAD: A petition seeking contempt of court case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was filed in the Supreme Court on Friday for not holding local bodies  elections in cantonment areas.

Plaintiff Raja Rab Nawaz alleged that the prime minister has violated court orders and the Constitution by not holding LB polls in cantonment areas.

Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani remarked that the chief executive is responsible for delay in the elections.

The apex court issued a notice to Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Salman Aslam Butt to assist the court in the contempt petition filed against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The attorney general will guide the Supreme Court as to whether the premier has violated the constitution or not.

Justice Jawad S. Khawaja stated that these are fruits of 18th constitutional amendment that local government elections have not been held for the last five years.

Akram Sheikh, counsel for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), informed court that the provincial authorities are creating hurdles in holding of the polls.

Justice Usmani remarked that no law can stop the election commission from performing its duties.

The apex court directed the election commission to issue a final schedule of local bodies election to the provinces at the next hearing.

The case hearing was adjourned till Tuesday.

INP

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