No other option but to summon PM Nawaz: SC on census case

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday felt anguished over the delay in census and hinted at calling Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to court for the delay.
A three member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heared a suo moto case pertaining to delay in census.
Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali remarked that the government was stating that census was impossible without the support of army. “We have been left with no other option but to summon the Prime Minister,” said Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali. He expressed that on the same lines, one day Election commission of Pakistan would also seek army’s support for conducting general elections.
The Supreme Court gave the government the option to provide a date for a census to be held or the apex court declared that it would have no other option but to summon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Justice Amir Hani Muslim asked, “Tell us, when can the Prime Minister appear before the court?”
Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said that a democratic system depended strongly on population census.
“Call the Prime Minister or give us a final date as to when the census will be conducted,” he said.
The Chief Justice directed the government to provide a final date as to when the census will be conducted otherwise, the Prime Minister would be summoned to give an explanation to the court himself. He said that by not conducting the census, a prank was being played with the nation.
“The government’s intentions are not sincere in this regard,” he said. “If a census is not conducted according to the law, the Prime Minister will be standing in the court,” he added.
The Chief Justice stated that this status quo suited all political parties.

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