The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday took up the dual nationality case against Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda.
A five-member bench of the commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, heard the case as no one on behalf of Faisal Vawda appeared before it.
The bench sought comments on the maintainability of petitions against the minister.
The commission issued a notice to him to submit his response to the petitions within 15 days.
If the minister doesn’t respond to its notice, the ECP will decide the case unilaterally, it warned.
The petitions seek Vawda’s removal from the public office under clause 62-1 (F) of the constitution.
In the pleas, it was stated that Faisal Vawda was a dual national when he had submitted his nomination papers to contest election for a National Assembly seat and he concealed his dual nationality.
The minister is no longer Sadiq and Ameen as he filed a false affidavit with regard to his nationality, the petitioners argued.
They also requested the ECP to disqualify Faisal Vawda as member of the National Assembly.
Earlier, Faisal Vawda had mocked the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) unconditional support for the Army Act amendment bill.
Faisal Vawda ridiculed the PML-N party saying the party “lying down to kiss the boot”.
The federal minister, who on a television talk show with (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira and PML-N representative Javed Abbasi startled all by placing a black boot that he had brought with him on top of the table.
“I am going to bring this [boot] to every talk show,” he said.
“This is how democratic the PML-N is. They lay down to kiss the boot,” he added.
Vawda was mocking the PML-N slogan “Vote Ko Izzat Do” by saying “Boot Ko Izzat Do.”