Dual nationality: ECP issues notification of disqualification to 11 parliamentarians

These parliamentarians were earlier deemed disqualified by the Supreme Court.


Ppi/web Desk September 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued notifications of disuqualification for 11 members of the Parliament after the Supreme Court deemed them disqualified in the dual nationality case, Express News reported on Thursday.

Those who were disqualified by the Supreme Court and issued notices to by the the ECP are MNAs Zahid Iqbal‚ Farah Naz Isphani‚ Farhat Mehmood Khan‚ and Jamil Ahmad Malik and MPAs Muhammad Akhlaq MPA Muhammad Ashraf Chohan‚ Nadia Gabol‚ Chaudhry Wasim Qadir, Chaudhry Nadeem Khadim‚ Amna Bhuttar and Dr Ahmad Ali Shah.

Announcing the verdict earlier, the court said that under article 63 (1) (C) of the constitution‚ no parliamentarian can hold dual nationality.

The court had directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to de-notify the respective memberships of the disqualified parliamentarians.

The bench said all the disqualified members had made false declarations before the election commission while filing their nomination papers.

The court directed for the recovery of all monetary benefits drawn by the disqualified members for the period during which they occupied the public office and its deposit in the public exchequer within two weeks.

As for the case of Interior Minister Rehman Malik‚ the court noted that he, in view of the false declaration filed by him at the time of contesting the 2008 Senate elections, cannot be considered sagacious‚ righteous and honest.

Therefore the ECP directed to institute legal proceedings against him as has been directed in the case of other disqualified members.

The apex court also directed the ECP to examine the cases of the parliamentarians individually by obtaining fresh declaration on oath from all of them that they are not disqualified under article 63 (1) (c) of the constitution.

Read the Supreme Court short order here.

COMMENTS (71)

amanat | 9 years ago | Reply

Supreme Court has given a right decision but Rehman Malik has been separated from the other people who have been disqualified. It appears that he will be awarded more severe punishment besides disqualification as he has been constantly lying before the Court and thus making mokery of the law of the land. Now he cannot escape from the harsh p.unishment. Some people think that if he is punished his punisment will be done away by Zardari but I don't think so. He will have to face the consequences now. He may ,however, get some more time by filing review petition.

Fahad | 9 years ago | Reply

Kick out him from parliment n send him back to uk

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