“Can’t disqualify Faisal Vawda as he already resigned from NA”, declares IHC

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

03rd Mar, 2021. 07:33 pm
Faisal Vawda SHC ECP

As former SAPM on Human Resources, Faisal Vawda submitted his resignation from the National Assembly (NA) after casting his vote, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) announces its decision over Vawda’s dual citizenship case.

The IHC has on Wednesday announced that it could not disqualify Faisal Vawda as the leader had already resigned from his National Assembly seat earlier.

However, the affidavit submitted by Faisal Vawda to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was apparently declared ‘false’ by the IHC.

The IHC remarked, “There are consequences of submitting a false affidavit according to the order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan”, adding that the ECP should decide what to do about Faisal Vawda’s allegedly false affidavit.

Earlier in a day, National Assembly member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Faisal Vawda has resigned from NA seat to avoid disqualification in dual citizenship case.

However, the Opposition parties have slammed the ruling party for nominating Vawda amid a dual nationality case pending for the last two and a half years.

On February 23, a tribunal of the Sindh High Court (SHC) declared Vawda eligible to participate in the Senate polls.

The objections were raised by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Advocate Qadir Khan Mandokhail against Faisal Vawda and upheld the decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

During proceedings, the lawyer of federal minister lawyer argued that Vawda did not hide any facts related to his US citizenship.

In his petition, Mandokhail stated that the federal minister did not reveal about his American citizenship, adding that he doesn’t deserve to hold any public post.

Moreover, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) 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.

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