KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Deputy Convener Farooq Sattar on Monday challenged the process of collecting affidavits from members of elected assemblies by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The ECP had warned all lawmakers on October 9 to submit declarations stating they do not hold dual nationality – else it will be assumed that they possess citizenship of more than one country.
According to a press release, Sattar has challenged the process in the Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court. He has sought a stay order by maintaining that the process of collecting affidavits is ultra vires (beyond power).
Under Article 63 (1) (c) of the Constitution, a person is not eligible to become a member of parliament or a provincial assembly if he or she possesses any foreign nationality. The constitutional provision was not adhered to till recently, when the Supreme Court disqualified 11 lawmakers from different political parties adjudged to be dual nationals on September 20.
‘Drone attacks not justified by Malala incident’
MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar said in an address to the National Press Club in Islamabad, “The Malala Yousafzai incident was an attack on Quiad-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal’s ideologies,” as reported by Express News. He went on to say that drone attacks cannot be justified by the attack on Malala.
Sattar named Talibanization as the biggest hindrance to economic growth in Pakistan and he condemned political parties for not taking him seriously when he spoke about this four years ago.
He cited the Supreme Court as saying that some 7,000 Taliban militants are located in Karachi and that the referendum they have presented was not to initiate a military operation in Waziristan.