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LHC summons Punjab LG Secretary in local bodies case

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Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) summoned the secretary local government Punjab while hearing petitions of local government representatives’ for the extension of their tenures.

A bench of the high court hearing petitions filed by the Mayor Lahore Mubashir Javed and other local government representatives for the extension of their tenure, which was interrupted when the provincial government had dissolved local bodies in May 2019.

The court expressed disappointment that government lawyers appeared in court without preparing for the case. “Why are you wasting court time,” the bench asked the lawyer.

The bench also regretted over absence of the provincial government’s reply in the court file of the case.

The counsel of petitioners argued that the bench has to decide the point, if the restored representatives could complete their tenures or not. He pleaded to the court to allow the petitioners to complete their constitutional tenure.

The counsel also requested for restraining the schedule and holding of the new local councils elections in the province and the tenure of incumbent members to be extended for 24 months.

The local government in Punjab province resumed in March last year after two years of legal battles, when the Supreme Court regarded its dissolution as illegal.

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