Islamabad - The Supreme Court Monday sought report from the federal government about framing of rules for holding local government elections in the federal capital.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Dost Muhammad was hearing the case related to LG polls in Islamabad.

Attorney General Salman Butt, appearing before the bench, informed that after Senate the National Assembly has also passed the bill of local government elections in Islamabad. He said the summary would be sent to President today (Monday) and hopefully by tomorrow (Tuesday) he would sign the law after that it would become an act.

The AGP, submitting copy of the law before the court, apprised that according to section 17 of law, the Election Commission of Pakistan has been empowered to hold elections in the capital city, adding now the ECP could commence elections process in Islamabad.

However, Director General (Legal) ECP Muhammad Arshad informed that still the federal government had not framed the rules for elections, as without them the elections could not be held in ICT. The AGP told that the rules would be framed within seven days.

The DG (legal) contended for printing of ballot papers and making other arrangements the commission needed some time. Upon that Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked if the rules are not framed in 25 years then it means the ECP would not hold elections in Islamabad.

Earlier during the proceedings, Justice Dost remarked the federal government could take assistance from the local government elections rules of all the four provincial governments as they have framed the rules. The judge observed that first stage of election is setting up of election tribunal, and inquired from Additional Attorney General Amir Rehman, present in the court, whether any step has been taken in that regard.

When the AAG could not give satisfactory reply to the court’s query, the bench summoned AGP Salman Butt.

The bench observed that for the last 25 years the citizens of Islamabad have been deprived of their constitutional rights. Justice Jawwad said after the LB elections so many local issues could be resolved at the union council level, saying they failed to understand why hindrances have been created in holding of LG elections. The hearing was adjourned till August 5.