Right to vote to overseas Pakistanis case: there is difference of only shall and may in old and new law: SC

0
135

During the course of hearing of the case related to grant of right to vote to overseas Pakistanis Supreme court (SC) has remarked there is only difference of May and Shall in old and new law and court should be told how the new amendment by parliament runs contrary to the constitution.

The case came up for hearing before a 3-member bench of SC presided over by Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan Friday.
Justice Munib Akhtar remarked parliament enacted law to grant right to vote to overseas Pakistanis where in it was said steps be taken in connection with right to vote to overseas Pakistanis. The court declared the law in harmony with the constitution.

In 2021 the government added the word compulsory in the law. In 2022 the parliament restored the law to its old form.

There is difference of only May and Shell in old and new law. Tell us how the new amendment made by parliament runs contrary to the constitution.
The court gave more time for preparation when the lawyers could not give satisfactory reply on inquiring by the court.

The court maintained the plea for declaring the law unconstitutional is not included in the petition of Chaudhry Arif.

The court while directing Election Commission (EC) to file its report and the respondents to file written submissions adjourned the hearing of the case for indefinite period.