” Overseas Pakistanis cannot be ignored: HighCourt Lahore “
Overseas Pakistanis cannot be ignored: HighCourt Lahore Hearing of petition in Lahore; High Court on denial of right to vote to overseas Pakistanis. The Lahore High Court on April 28 sought reply from the Election Commission and the federal government. The petition summoned the Election Commission and the federal government, among others.
The petition takes the position that the Constitution of Pakistan gives Pakistanis overseas the full right to vote. The court also agreed on the issue and said that overseas Pakistanis should be given the right to vote in Pakistan. The unanimous decision will be implemented.
PTI Apeal for Overseas Pakistanis Rights:
It may be recalled that this law was implemented by the previous government that Overseas Pakistanis also have a major role to play in Pakistan. Which play an important role in Pakistan’s economy. So how can they be ignored in important decisions of a country. In such a situation, it was decided by former Prime Minister Imran Khan that overseas Pakistanis should also get the right to vote in Pakistan.
As per the apeal;
“Under Article 17 of the Constitution every citizen has the right to vote to participate in the governance of the country through their chosen representatives…
It must be clarified here that the overseas Pakistanis, as noted hereinabove, enjoy the right to participate in the election process in terms of Article 17 of the Constitution being dignified citizens of the country, though residing outside its territory, as such they cannot be denied the same rights on technical grounds, i.e. logistic arrangements made outside the country for casting their votes
Article 17 of the Constitution continues to insist upon the Federal Government to extend the facility of voting to overseas Pakistani in the election of the Parliament as well as Local Bodies.“
But an order was issued by the imported government to abolish it, saying that only the people present in Pakistan have the right to vote. The rest of the people who are still out of Pakistan will not be allowed to participate in the elections.
With this in mind, a petition was filed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan in the High Court and the Supreme Court to allow overseas Pakistanis in Pakistan to vote for their rights. The Election Commission and the Federal Government were summoned by the High Court. And it was asked why the rights of overseas Pakistanis are not being given to them while taking care of their rights.