Local body elections declared unconstitutional in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The court gave a brief verdict on the petition filed for local body elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A three-member larger bench of the Peshawar High Court declared the election unconstitutional on an impartial basis.

He directed the Election Commission to hold Mohalla and Town Council elections as per party policy. The Peshawar High Court also directed the Election Commission to take necessary steps to hold elections on behalf of political parties.

Akram Khan Durrani of JUI-F, Inayatullah Khan of Jamaat-e-Islami and Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Khushdal Khan and Hamitullah Mayar have filed petitions against the local body elections. The court granted the petition in part.

State local government elections may be postponed following a court ruling.

According to Election Commission sources, the calendar will be affected after the decision to hold local government elections according to the contest. The Election Commission contacted the state government after the court decision, and the state government asked for time to discuss the court decision. The ECP said it would decide on the election calendar after consulting the government.

In this regard, Minister of State Kamran Bangash said that the next course of action was decided in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday keeping in view the situation arising out of the Local Government Act, Election Commission and Supreme Court decisions. 

In addition, the government has restored local government accounting under the Local Government Act 2013. Following the instructions of Secretary Local Government Noorul Amin Mengal, guidelines for accounting operations have been issued to the CEO.

According to a local government spokesman, the competent authority will be responsible for transferring funds from the account established under the 2019 Act to the account created under the 2013 Act. Existing funds in your account will be transferred by cross check.

Local government revenue, PFC shares and taxes should all be transferred immediately to the bank account established in 2013. No more transactions can be made with bank accounts established under the Local Government Act 2019.

Employees’ salaries, pensions, electricity bills, petrol and other expenses will continue to be paid. Officers have been assigned direct debit responsibilities. According to the guidelines issued, local agencies can manage and manage finances without any hassle.


Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) had never wanted the government to expel the French ambassador, Mufti Muneebur Rehman claimed

ISLAMABAD: The proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) had never wanted the government to expel the French ambassador, Mufti Muneebur Rehman claimed, refuting that  it was one of the group’s major demands.

People will soon see the proscribed group re-emerge as “a lawful political force”, the religious leader said while speaking to journalists in Karachi.

Mufti Muneebur Rehman said he, Saylani Welfare Trust Chairman Maulana Bashir Farooqui, and Maulana Abid Mubarak had gone to Islamabad on Saturday to settle issues between TLP and the government.

“We wanted to settle the issue with wisdom and behind closed doors […] we asked the government to refrain from using force, as unwise use of force is akin to tyranny,” he said.

“The government would strike an agreement in the morning, and in the evening, someone on TV would say the agreement had no legal standing.” The scholar said he had wanted an empowered committee, which would have the authority to make decisions on behalf of both sides.

Talking about his meeting with the TLP leadership, he said the proscribed group’s leadership told him that the government had “violated” its agreement with them several times, and thus, they did not trust the Centre.

“Whatever we did, we did it in the best interest of the state,” he said.

The scholar said “some liberals” had asked where the writ of the state was during the protests.

“If the country’s liberal’s sound worried, then we can assume that someone is doing the right thing,” he said.

“Some liberals are provoking the government […] in the government’s hard times, these liberals will be the first ones to flee,” Mufti Muneebur Rehman said.

Mufti Muneebur Rehman said everyone will soon know the specifics of the agreement and its implementation will also be visible.

The government has not released any specifics of the deal, which it had made with the group yesterday.

Mufti Muneebur Rehman said the signs so far are showing that both sides are abiding by their agreement, as the roads reopen for traffic and protesters move to a park in Wazirabad.

“Soon you will hear the news that the protesters have dispersed from the park and ended their protest,” Rehman said as he prayed for the people who have lost their lives during the protests.

“The state should use bullets against the enemy, not on its people.”

In a press conference in Islamabad yesterday, Mufti Muneebur Rehman had said talks with the proscribed TLP have been “successful” and that an “agreement” had been reached.

Details of the agreement, however, he said will be revealed at a “suitable time”. He added that the ‘positive outcomes’ of the agreement would be seen in the coming days.

He said that the agreement reached with the government was not a victory or defeat of any individual, but a victory for Islam and Pakistan.

Hopefully, TLP to not hold protest or sit-in in future after agreement: Farrukh Habib

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said that after the peace agreement between the government and banned organization Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), hopefully they would not hold protest or sit-in in the future.

There was two ways for the government to hold the dialogue or conflict with the protesters but the regime had chosen the right way to hold the result oriented dialogue to address the issue. Talking to a private news channel, he said that peace was the first priority of the government but some elements were interested to create the panic behind the protests. The minister said that the prime minister was interested to hold the talks to prevent the bloodshed and more conflicts with protesters.

The government was wanted to create a peaceful environment but some elements were interested to create uncertainty which had not good for the country’s development and national economy, he added. The minister said the main objective of the incumbent government to promote peace and interfaith harmony.

He said that all stakeholders had played a great role to hold the talks with TLP in decent way to resolve the issue and fulfill the fair demands of protesters. To a question, the minister said that due the global inflation, Pakistan was badly affected but the government had decided to provide the maximum relief to the people.

The government was reviewing the support price of wheat and sugarcane to encourage the farmers and control the price hike, he added.

Farrukh Habib said that the whole world was appreciating the best efforts of Pakistan regarding the tree plantation. A member of dialogue committee with TLP Maulana Bashir Farooqi appreciated the role of Chief of Army Staff for holding the dialogue with protesters. He said that nobody would talk over the agreement between the government and TLP till the next 10 days.

Govt issues NAB third amendment ordinance

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Law and Just-ice on Monday issued N-ational Accountability (Th-ird Amendment) Ordina-nce, 2021 following Presid-ent Arif Alvi’s approval.

The NAB chairman’s tenure, as per the new ordinance, would be of four years. The criteria for the removal of a NAB chairman would be the same as the one for the removal of a Supreme Court judge, acc-ording to the new Ordina-nce. According to it, cases of fraud, deception and Modaraba cases have been given back to NAB.

It shall come into force at once and the amendments shall be deemed to have taken effect on and from October 6, 2021. Therefore, NAB will hear all cases of fraud from before October 6, as per the amended Ordinance, while old cases of fake accounts can continue as before.

It also read that its provisions would not be applicable to matters pertaining to federal, provincial, or local taxation, other levies or imports — including refunds or loss of exchequer pertaining to taxation.