The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to secretary Senate and secretary National Assembly, ordering them to submit a report by Thursday regarding parliamentarians who hold dual nationalities.
The court reissued notices, summoning Senator Rehman Malik and Member of National Assembly (MNA) Farahnaz Ispahani, since they both failed to appear.
The attorney general appeared on behalf of Malik, however, Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that Malik should appear in person and brief the court whether or not he holds dual nationality.
During the proceedings, Mian Abdurraoof appeared on behalf of MNA Chaudhry Zahid Hussain and sought time for filing a reply.
A three-member bench headed by CJ Chaudhry was hearing a petition filed by Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi alleging that Chaudhry Zahid Iqbal, Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir and Malik held British nationalities, while Farahnaz Ispahani, the wife of Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, possessed a US nationality.
The hearing of the case was adjourned till Thursday, May 10. (With additional input from APP)
Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2012.
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