HC refuses to hear plea seeking NALA dissolution


 

Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Saturday, June 7—-June 13, 2008
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday refused tohear a writ petitionseeking dissolution of the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly. The single bench of Justice Syed Qalb-i-Hassan announced to transfer the case after both the parties kept on intervening during arguments despite repeated reminders by the bench. The court also reprimanded federal counsel Iftikhar Bhatti and declared that the case was being transferred while the counsel deputed by the government was still arguing the case. At the outset of the proceedings, the federal counsel admitted that IHC had the jurisdiction to hear the writ petition. The writ petition was filed by Syed Mohammad Ali Advocate through Mohammad Ibrahim Shahid Advocate. The petitioner informed the court that before the current status, Northern Areas Legislative Assembly was called Northern Areas Legislative Council and it worked under the ministry of Kashmir and Northern Areas Affairs. He said its members were not allowed to legislate or have the authority to make their budget. But a notification issued by the government on December 15, 2007 changed their whole status, the erstwhile status of council was changed to Assembly while the deputy chief executive was given full powers of chief executive. He contended that since the amendments in the stature and authority of the NAs had been in place; therefore, from constitutional and legal points its members, who took oath earlier, should cease to perform their duties. He sought dissolution of the NALA on these grounds. Deputy Secretary Ministry of KANA Mohammad Akhtar Khan and Section Officer Syed Shakil Raza apprised the court of the amendments made in the rules so far. They said under Northern Areas Legislative Order 1994, Northern Areas Council had come into being and after an amendment in the rules in 1999, it was entitled to legislate in forty-nine subjects.—APP
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