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Non-resident Pakistanis should be given right to vote: CJ

October 30, 2012

Supreme Court of Pakistan
Supreme Court of Pakistan. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: During the hearing of a case pertaining to voter lists, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that non-resident Pakistanis should be given the right to vote, adding that, they sent significant remittances to the country, DawnNews reported.

The chief justice remarked that the court had been told that the procedure to enable non-resident Pakistanis to vote in the elections was encountering difficulties.

During the proceedings, senior lawyer Rashid A. Rizvi said that a significant portion of Karachi's population had been denied the right to vote.

He further alleged that the affected voters had been drawn out of the city's limits.

Upon which, the chief justice said that Rizvi should approach the election commission on the issue as the elections were approaching.

He remarked that if anyone had any complaint(s) pertaining to the electoral rolls, they should approach the concerned authorities for correction(s).

Subsequently, the case's hearing was adjourned due to the absence of the counsels for the Jamaat-i-Islami and Imran Khan.

The hearing was adjourned to Nov 7.