Dual nationality: Court disqualifies three more MPAs

Published: June 14, 2012
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Senate chairman’s request to restore memberships of Malik and Ispahani turned down. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Senate chairman’s request to restore memberships of Malik and Ispahani turned down. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the membership of three Members of Provincial Assembly (MPA) – two from Punjab and one from Sindh – while hearing the dual nationality case.

The court suspended the membership of Muhammad Akhlaq and Amina Buttar of the Punjab Assembly for their US nationality, while from Sindh the membership of Ahmed Ali Shah was suspended for having UK nationality. The court also observed that it will not discriminate against anyone.

Meanwhile, Buttar – one of the three MPAs disqualified – sought some time to engage a counsel but the court suspended her membership over her confession that she was a US nationality holder.

On the other hand, Akhlaq told the court that he was unaware about the constitutional bar in this regard. But the court observed that it was mentioned in the declaration of member of assembly.

Rehman Malik

Meanwhile, the court turned down the Senate chairman’s request to restore memberships of Rehman Malik and Farahnaz Ispahani.

Attorney General Irfan Qadir had handed the request letter written by Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bukhari to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.  The contents of the letter suggested that the court was discriminating in this case and targeting only the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) members.

During Wednesday’s hearing, the apex court raised several questions regarding the British citizenship of former interior minister Malik. His counsel Chaudhry Azhar could not offer satisfactory replies and sought more time.

The case was adjourned till June 21.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2012.

 

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Ahmed
    Jun 14, 2012 - 10:09AM

    They not only disqualified but should also be finned for missue and missstatment

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  • Jibran
    Jun 14, 2012 - 10:15AM

    Again targeting PPP only? What a naked display of bias, and vendetta!

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  • Rehman
    Jun 14, 2012 - 12:30PM

    Under which law can Supreme Court suspend an MP, elected by the people.

    The constitution gives a procedure to expell an MP.But this Supreme Court now working not under law and constitution but under 1400 years old quotes from Islamic history…
    So the Taliban must be sitting in the supreme court, that is why this court is humiliating the army and it’s various agaencies to get released the terrorists.

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  • usman
    Jun 14, 2012 - 12:34PM

    @ Jibran. Now this is pure exaggeration. They are fully culpable. You should have supported rigorous punishment for those who committed perjury. Of course, this should be done to other parties and parliamentarians too.

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  • Mystriousfover
    Jun 14, 2012 - 1:30PM

    @ Jibran,

    You bring the other parties members cases of dual nationality in the court… DON’T blame SC… It is working according to the law…

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  • Hassam
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:18PM

    @Rehman
    Supreme court is doing this under the constitution. As these mna/mpa holding foreign nationalities before their election. This default leaves there election void under the law. The court has every power to that. Not only this but sentence them on perjury.

    and the court legal structure allows it to make decisions only from the quran and sunnah and court it in the judgement. Learn how things are done before speaking.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 15, 2012 - 12:04AM

    The PCO CJ all of a sudden woke up four years after their term started in the assemblies. Even after that he is targeting the PPP members only starting with HH’s family. He goes suo motu but only the cases which are against govt. Cases against corruption of Sharifs, attack on SC, Asghar Khan’s case and likes crawl for decades and BB’s murdr case would not see a minute in SC.

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  • Nisar ahmad
    Jun 15, 2012 - 12:39AM

    baised judgements…!

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  • HoneyBee
    Jun 15, 2012 - 7:55AM

    @Nisar ahmad:
    so far the CJ’s Son got the Clean Chit . . .!!!!!Recommend

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