PTI vows to move SC if reserved seats not given

Our Correspondent
Thursday, Feb 29, 2024

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) lawyer Senator Barrister Ali Zafar Wednesday said that the election of president, prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker and Senate polls would become controversial and devoid of legitimacy if reserved seats were denied to them.

Later, talking to journalists outside the ECP Secretariat after the hearing in SIC and six parties’ Secretariat after the hearing in SIC and six parties’ Secretariat after the hearing in SIC and six parties’ petitions, he made it clear that if the reserved seats for women and minorities were not given to the SIC, they would go to the Supreme Court. However, he sounded optimistic that the ECP would decide the matter in accordance with the Constitution and law.

“Reserved seats are not a charity but a constitutional right of women and minorities to have representation in the legislatures. As per the new situation, after a large number of independents joined SIC, Election Commission can issue a schedule for priority lists for allocation of reserved seats,” he contended.

He added there was no bar on the ECP in this connection and that the independents also faced no restriction in joining a party, whether having representation in parliament or not. Speaking on the occasion, another senior PTI leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan feared there was a bid by political parties to get the reserved seats distributed among them which they did not like even to mention in their priority lists.

Barrister Gohar insisted that the reserved seats were based on merit, and if they go to the other party, then they will be distributed as charity.

He contended that the people had already given their verdict and ECP was requested to decide the matter accordingly. He explained as many as 293 elected members had joined SIC: 86 in NA, 107 in Punjab Assembly, 91 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and nine in Sindh Assembly.

Gohar claimed by not deciding the matter, the ECP had been preserving a total of 78 reserved seats.