ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday did not grant a stay order against the ECP’s decision to suspend three components of the 341 billion kissan relief package announced by the Prime Minister observing that the matter would be decided on October 13, the next date of hearing.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) last week suspended the implementation of three components of the ‘Kissan package’ ahead of the local government elections.
Attorney General (AG) Salman Aslam Butt argued the petition before an IHC division bench comprising IHC Justice Noorul Haq N. Qureshi and Justice Aamir Farooq.
According to the written order issued by the bench, “In over view at this stage the grant of stay will create complications, therefore, we would like to hear this petition on the next date of hearing for which specific direction be issued to the respondent (ECP) to come to argue the main petition as well as the civil miscellaneous petition (regarding stay order).”
The petition stated that the aim of the package is not to affect local election voters. Claiming that issuance and implementation of the Kissan Package constitutes a purely executive function of the Federal Government, the petition stated that Relief package has no nexus with the elections, including the upcoming LGs in Punjab, Sindh and Islamabad. Election commission cannot prevent the federal government from fulfilling its legal and constitutional responsibility, stated the petition.
It further contended that the package was to be implemented in all the four provinces including, KP and Balochistan, where local bodies elections have already been held and it was announced after due consultation with the farming communities and the provincial governments.
The relief package, it was argued in the petition, is not the brainchild of a single person or a political party. The court issued notice to the ECP and adjourned the hearing till 13 October.
Source: Business Recorder