The MQM review application against delimitation of constituencies in Karachi was accepted for hearing by the Supreme Court on today. The court directed the Registrar Office to accept the application for hearing and dismissed the registrar’s concerns.
MQM, the only political party opponent the delimitation, had registered the review application in December against the SC’s judgment on the issue. The case pleaded that the court’s judgments of November 26 and November 28 were “in violation” of the Constitution.
Farooq Sattar had said that a delimitation process which was only limited to Karachi and without a census was equivalent to pre-poll rigging. On November 26, a five-member bench of the top court had noticed that constituencies in Karachi should be delimited in a manner that they comprise “mixed population” avoiding political polarisation.