Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court will today (Monday) conduct the hearing of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf petition challenging the delimitation of union councils in the federal capital.

A division bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Aamer Farooq will hear the petition moved by PTI Additional Central Organiser Saifullah Khan Niazi.

PTI Additional Central Organizer Saifullah Khan Niazi moved the court through his counsels Raja Inaam Ameen Minhas and Ch Ehtisham-ul-Haq and cited Election Commission Islamabad, Delimitation Authority Islamabad Capital Territory Islamabad and Ch Aleem Shahab, district election commission/ delimitation officer, as respondents. In the petition, he adopted that for the purpose of local government election in Islamabad, the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act 2015 has been promulgated and delimitation of union councils was directed to be conducted. He added that the delimitation officer delimited 50 union councils and six wards in each council preliminary and published the same on September 26, 2015 while the petitioner filed objection petition on the delimitation of union councils before the delimitation authority which was dismissed on October 10.

“The delimitation officer while putting the worst example of nepotism, favouritism and gerrymandering and in clear violation of Section 7 of Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act 2015, delimited the union councils for giving undue advantage to the ruling party in Federation,” added the petitioner.

The counsels for PTI contended in the petition that the local bodies are meant for the true devolution of power to the resident of areas and for solution of grassroots problems but if the election conducted on the basis of present delimitation of union councils, it would be discriminatory in nature and would cause grave injustice to the residents of the UCs.

They argued that the delimitation authority Islamabad failed to take into consideration this legal-cum-factual aspect of the case while dismissing objections of the petitioner. They continued that the delimitation is capricious, unjust and against the fundamental rights of the citizens and residents of Islamabad and this amount to pre-poll rigging and transgression upon the rights of residents. Therefore, they prayed to the court that the order dated October 10 of delimitation authority Islamabad may be declared illegal, without lawful authority and without jurisdiction.

They further requested that consequently, the delimitation of UCs conducted by the officer may be set aside and he may be directed to conduct fresh delimitation of UCs in accordance with the law.