Altaf refutes SC judge’s remarks on delimitation of constituencies
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain late on Thursday said that the remarks made by a judge of the Supreme Court regarding delimitation of constituencies in Karachi were “absolutely unconstitutional, autocratic and biased,” DawnNews reported.
Speaking to lawmakers belonging to the party, members of legal fraternity and other notables of society over telephone from London, he said giving mandate to any political party was a public prerogative and not of courts.
Altaf Hussain said that any delimitation without new census will be unconstitutional.
“A bench of the apex court doesn’t have the right to suggest that constituencies should be delimited to avoid political polarisation,” said Hussain.
“This is an open affront of the public mandate given to the MQM and a conspiracy to steal this mandate,” he added.
The MQM chief demanded that the federation, the government, President Asif Ali Zardari, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and other ‘unbiased’ judges of the SC take immediate notice of the issue, adding that legal action should be taken against the judge who issued such remarks.
Earlier on Monday, during a hearing of a case related to law and order in Karachi, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, while referring to a recent SC judgment, had asked the ECP to initiate the process of delimitation of constituencies in the city for the purpose of avoiding political polarisation and breaking the cycle of ethnic strife.