Pakistan

Judiciary had reservations over 21st Amendment, remarks CJP

Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has said that the judiciary had severe reservations over the 21st constitutional amendment but showed immense restraint and patience to protect the integrity of the system instead of taking tough decisions against it.

He was heading a three member bench hearing a petition for elections of mayor and deputy mayor in Sindh through a show of hands.

Farooq H. Naek, the counsel for the government, said that the rule for show of hands was to ensure transparency in the election process. He said that it is evident what happens during secret ballots during Senate election. The Chief Justice remarked that if there were discrepancies in the Senate elections then amendments should be passed to rectify them.

While concluding his remarks, the Chief Justice said that all outstanding issues for the election of the mayor and deputy mayor should be solved by mutual consultation between all parties as now only the issue of self ego remained.

The proceedings were deferred till 14th April when Farrogh Naseem would present the case on behalf of MQM.

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