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MQM-P, ECP issued notice on Sattar’s plea against removal from party

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday issued notices to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Election Commission and others on a suit filed by disgruntled leader Dr Farooq Sattar against his expulsion from the party and from the post of its convener.

An SHC bench headed by Justice Mohammad Junaid Ghaffar issued notices for Feb 7 and asked the lawyer for the plaintiff to prepare arguments on the maintainability of the suit.

The court also asked the counsel to make efforts to place on record any impugned order regarding his client’s removal or cancellation of party membership.

Dr Sattar submitted that he had been affiliated with the MQM for almost four decades, but in February 2018 he was removed from the office of party convener.

However, he submitted that Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui moved the ECP over the ‘convenership’ of the party and the ECP ruled in his favour.

An education official told to take action against schools defying fee reduction order

Dr Sattar submitted that in November 2018, the second-tier leadership of the party again acted unconstitutionally and illegally and cancelled his 39-year-old basic membership of the party through a resolution with disputed attendance.

He maintained that the decisions regarding his removal and cancellation of membership were made in violation of Articles 2-A, 4 and 10-A of the Constitution and Section 205 of the Election Act, 2017.

Impleading MQM-P convener Dr Siddiqui and other party leaders including Amir Khan, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Nasreen Jalil, ECP and the provincial election commission as defendants, the plaintiff pleaded to declare the decisions regarding his removal from ‘convenership’ and cancellation of basic membership as illegal and unconstitutional.

Implementation of schools’ fee reduction order

A three-member SHC bench on Monday directed the director general of the directorate of inspection of private schools to implement its order regarding school fee and take action against the schools found defying the order.

The SHC also asked Mansoob Siddiqui, the director general, to submit the details of fee to be refunded by the schools till Feb 25.

When the bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed, took up the contempt of court applications over non-implementation of its judgement regarding enhancement in annual tuition fee, a recent Supreme Court order on the identical issue was placed before it.

Mr Siddiqui submitted that he informed the management of the Foundation Public School and Head Start School System about the details of refundable fee. However, he added that since the fee structure of the Beaconhouse School System and City School was not approved, the refundable amount on their part could not be estimated.

When the bench asked if any action was taken against both the schools for not approving the fee structure, the DG replied that their registration had been suspended and the fee structure of both schools would be approved after restoration.

The parents of a large number of students enrolled in various private schools across Karachi filed applications seeking contempt of court proceedings against the management of four private schools for allegedly defying the Sept 3 judgement of the bench, which ruled that the private schools could not enhance the annual tuition fees by more than five per cent.

Plea about Dr Asim’s detention

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M. Shaikh on Monday disposed of an application against detention of former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain and directed the trial court to decide the matter in accordance with law.

Dr Asim’s mother had moved the SHC in 2015 against 90-day preventive detention of her son by the Sindh Rangers under Section 11-EEEE of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

The bench observed that since the case against Dr Asim was being tried by an antiterrorism court, the trial court will decide about his detention as per law.

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