After former minister Rana Asif Mahmood failed to appear before the Lahore High Court on Friday, Justice Umar Ata Bandial summoned Mahmood for July 5.
The court had summoned him in a petition that challenges his election on a minority seat in the Punjab Assembly while holding two nationalities. Advocate Jamshed Rehmatullah, Mahmood’s counsel, told the court that the former minister had been unable to appear before the court because he was ill and admitted in a hospital in Karachi for treatment. At the last hearing the court had directed Mahmood to explain whether or not he was a Canadian national. Rehmatullah had earlier told the court that his client was a permanent resident of Canada but did not have Canadian nationality. Advocate Saiful Malook, the petitioner’s counsel, had asked why had an oversees identity card been issued to Mahmood if he wasn’t a Canadian national.
The petitioner wants Mahmood’s membership suspended until the Supreme Court rules on the dual nationality case.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2012.