ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected federal government’s arguments and reasons and directed it to announce a final date to hold population census in the country.
The apex court issued warning to the Prime Minister that he can be summoned if the government failed to abide by the orders.
During today’s suo motu proceedings on delays in holding a population census, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali observed that “Mr. Prime Minister should himself appear in the court if a final date is not announced.”
The court said the government has no other option but to hold the census. The bench observed that government’s intension is mala fide regarding the population census issue.
The case was adjourned till Dec 7.
In the previous hearing earlier this month, the court rejected government’s condition of availability of armed forces for the census. – Samaa
Story first published: 1st December 2016