Non-compliance: 212 lawmakers yet to prove they are not dual nationals

Published: November 10, 2012
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Senators, MNAs and MPAs are on the list who have yet to submit proof they are not dual nationals. PHOTO: FILE

Senators, MNAs and MPAs are on the list who have yet to submit proof they are not dual nationals. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: As many as 212 lawmakers, including Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and some leading politicians, have continued to defy the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by not submitting their declarations that they do not possess dual nationalities.

Around 29 Senators, 75 Members of the National Assembly, 76 Sindh Assembly, 24 Punjab Assembly, seven Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and one Balochistan Assembly members have not filed their affidavits.

On October 9, the ECP had sent notices to all the members of the national and provincial assemblies to submit within one month declarations which should be attested by the oath commissioners to affirm that they did not possess any other nationality other than Pakistani.

In its letter, the ECP had warned that those who failed to submit the required affidavits on oath within a month would be considered as dual nationals, and action could be initiated against them that could lead to their disqualification.

The Supreme Court in September had disqualified all federal and provincial lawmakers with dual nationalities from holding any public offices. Under the Constitution, a person who ceases to be a Pakistani national or gets any other nationality along with his Pakistani citizenship is not allowed to contest the elections for the parliament and the provincial assemblies.

The ECP had earlier made a futile attempt to get such affidavits through the speakers of the national and provincial assemblies and the chairman of the Senate, as most of them declined to do so, insisting that it was not their responsibility. They said the ECP should have scrutinised the matter when the candidates had filed their nominations for elections.

This led the commission to approach them individually to seek fresh oaths from them.

What is the next move?

A top official of the ECP told The Express Tribune that the commission has called a two-day meeting on November 12 and 13 to discuss the issue of lawmakers who have not filed their declarations and decide the course of action.

The provincial election commissioners have also been summoned to attend the meeting, the official said.

Another official said that it is likely that these members may be given one more opportunity before action is taken against them. “The commission can issue them show cause notices and fulfill all legal requirements before disqualifying these members,” the official said.

 

What happens if they are disqualified? 

The country can face another crisis if the commission disqualifies them in such large numbers.

Under Article 224 of the Constitution, by-elections can not be held if any seat becomes vacant less than 120 days before the completion of the respective assembly’s tenure. In the case of the current National assembly, its five year term expires on March 16, 2013. Hence no by-elections will be possible if members are disqualified after November 15.

Parliamentary cover

The government had earlier moved to amend the Constitutional provision that bars dual nationals from taking part in elections.

But it faced stiff resistance from the PML-N and ANP to pass it. It needs the support of two-thirds of the members of both the NA and Senate separately to get it passed, something which is a daunting task.

Among those who have not filed their affidavits are: Prime Minister Ashraf, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, PPP Secretary General, Senator Jahangir Badar, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Federal Minister for Textile Industries, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Minister of State for Interior, Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, MNA Nazar Muhammad Gondal, former PPP minister Abdul Qayyum Jatoi, Minister for Religious Affairs, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Minister for National Heritage and Integration, Samina Khalid Ghurki and Defence Minister, Syed Naveed Qamar.

Among the MQM members who have not submitted there declarations are: Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Dr Farooq Sattar, Deputy Parliamentary Leader, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Khushbakht Shujaat, Senator Babar Khan Ghauri, Senator Syed Mustafa Kamal and Deputy Convener, Nasreen Jalil.

Among the prominent members from the opposition who have not filed their affidavit is Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

The complete list is given below:

Senate

Muhammad Jahagir Bader Punjab
Malik Sallah-ud-Din Gogar Punjab
Aitzaz Ahsan Punjab
Babar Khan Ghauri Sindh
Abdul Hasseb Khan Sindh
Syed Faisal Raza Abidi Sindh
Syed Mustaf Kamal Sindh
Col. R Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Sindh
Karim Ahmed Khawaja Sindh
Mukhtar Ahemd Dhamrah R Aajiz Sindh
Mian Raza Rabbani Sindh
Dr MuhammadFarogh Naseem Sindh
Nasreen jalil Sindh
Waqar Ahmed Khan KPK
Ahmed Hussain KPK
Muhammad Azam Khan Hoti KPK
Zanida Khan KPK
Amar jeet KPK
Moiana Muhammad Khan Sherani Baluchistan
Nawabzada Mr. Haji Lashkari Baluchistan
Nawabzada Muhammad Akbar Magsi Baluchistan
Muhammad Ali Baluchistan
Nawabzada Saifulllah Magsi Baluchistan
Mufti Abdul Sattar Baluchistan
Haji Khan Afrdi FATA
Muhammad Idrees Khan Safi FATA
Hilal-ur-Rehman FATA

 

National Assembly

Sindh

Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah NA-199 Sukkur cum Shikarpu (II) Old Sukkur (II)
Mir Amir Ali Khan Magsi NA-206 Kamber Shahadkot (Old Larkana-III)
Syed Tayyab Hussain NA-219- Hyderabad-I (Old Hyderabad-II)
Salahuddin NA-220 Hyderabad-II (Old Hyderabad-III)
Syed Naveed Qamar NA-222 Tando Muhammad Khan-cum-derabad-cum-Badin (Old Hyderabad-V)
Dr Abdul Wahid Soomro NA-237 Thatta-I
Khawaja Sohail Mansoor NA-240 Karachi-II
S A Iqbal qadri NA-241 Karachi-III
Dr Abdul Qaidr Khanzada NA-242 Karachi-IV
Abdul Waseem NA-243 Karachi-V
Shaikh Salauddin NA-244 Karachi-VI
Muhammad Farooq Sattar NA-245 Karachi-VII
Sufyan Yousuf NA-246 Karachi-VIII
Dr Nadeem Ehsan NA-247 Karachi-IX
Dr Muhammad  Farooq Sattar NA-249 Karachi-XI
Khush Bakhat Shujaat NA-250 Karachi-XII
Waseem Akhtar NA-251 Karachi-XIII
Abdul Rasheed Godil NA-252 Karachi-XIV
Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi NA-253 Karachi-XV
Dr Muhammad Ayoub Shaikh NA-254 Karachi XVI
Syed Asif Hasnain NA-255 Karachi-XVII
Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan NA-256 Karachi-XVIII
Sajid Ahmed NA-257 Karachi-XIX

 

Balochistan  

Syed Nasir Ali Shah Alias NA-259 Quetta
Sardar Al-Haj Muhammad Umar Gorgage NA-260 Quetta-cum-Changai-cum-Nushki (Old Quetta-cum-Changi-cum-Mustang)
Maulvi Asmatullah NA-264 Zhob-cum-Sherani-cumKilla Saifullah (Old Zhob-cum-Killa Saifullah)

 

Punjab

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf NA-51 Rawalpindi-II
Ch. Ghias Ahmed Mela NA-65 Sargodha-II
Ghulam Bibi Bharwana NA-87 Jhang-II
Saima Akhtar Bharwana NA-90 Jhang-V
Farkhanda Amjad Warraich NA-92 Toba Tek Singh-I
Riaz Fatiyana NA-94 Toba Tek Singh-III
Imtiaz Safdar Warraich NA-98 Gujranawala-IV
Ch. Tassadaq Masud Khan NA-108 Mandi Gujranawala-VI
Muhammad Tariq Tarar NA-108 Mandi Bahauddin-I
Nazar Muhammad Gondal NA-109 Mandi Bahauddin-II
Rana Abdul Sattar NA-112 Sialkot-III
Chaudry NAseer Ahmed Bhutta NA-127 Lahore-X
Samina Khalid Ghurki NA-130 Lahore-XIII
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Khan Wattoo NA-146 Okara-IV
Muhammad Raza Hayat Hiraj NA-156 Khanewal-I
Hamid Yar Hiraj NA-157 Khanewal-II
Ghulam Farid Kathia NA-161 Sahiwal-II
Muhammad Mohsin Ali Qureshi NA-176 Muzaffargarh-I
Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi NA-180 Muzaffargarh-V
Mst. Khadija Aamir Yar Malik NA-184 Bahawalpur-II
Makhdoom Shahabuddin NA-194 Rahimyar Khan-III

 

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan NA-2 Peshawar-II
Maulana Mohammad Qasim NA-10 Mardan-II
Mufti Ajmal Khan NA-15 Karak
Maulana Fazalur Rehman NA-26 Bannu
Syed Allauddin NA-30 Swat-II
Shahzada Muhyuddin NA-32 Chitral
Malik Bilal Rehman NA-36 Tribal Area-I
Mohammad Kamran Khan NA-40 Tribal Area-V
Abdul Maalik Wazir NA-41 Tribal Area-VI
Syed Akhunzada Chittan NA-44 Tribal Area-IX
Zafar Beg Bhittani NA-47 Tribal Area-XII

 

Women reserved seats

Sabeen Rizvi Reserve Seat for Women
Mehreen Anwar Raja, Advocate Reserve Seat for Women
Justice ® Fakhar-un-Nisa Khokhar Reserve Seat for Women
Begum Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry Reserve Seat for women
Begum Shahnaz Sheikh Reserve Seat for women
Rubani Saadat Qaim Khani Reserve seat for women
Shazia Mari Reserve seat for women
Dr Naheed Shahid Ali Reserve seat for women
Kishwer Zehra Reserve seat for women
Fauzia Ejaz Mohammad Khan Reserve seat for women
Imranan Saeed jamil Reserve seat for women
Shagufta Sadiq Reserve seat for women
K Fiza Junejo Reserve seat for women
Khurshid Begum Reserve seat for women
Asma Arbab Alamgir Reserve seat for women

Non-Mulsims

Dr Araisha Kumar Reserve Seat for non-Muslim
Manwer Lal Reserve seat for non-Muslim

 

Provincial Assembly Sindh

Dr Nasrullah PS-Sukkur-I
Jam Ikramullah Khan Darejo PS-6 Ghotki-II
Masroor Ahmed Khan Jatoi PS-23 Naushero Feroze-V
Tariq Masood Arain PS-24 Nawabshah-I
Mr. Ahmed Ali Khan Jalbani PS-25 Nawabshah-II
Syed Faseeh Ahmed PS-26 Nawabshah-III
Pir Syed Muhammad Bachal Shah PS-30 Khairpur-II
Naeem Ahmed Kharal PS-34 Khairpur-VI
Ghulam Sarwat Khan Siyal PS-35 Larkana-I
Aziz Ahmed Jatoi PS-41 Larkana-cum-Kamber Shahdadkot(II) Old Larkana-VII
Muhammad Akram PS-45 Hyderabad-I
Syed Wasim Hussain PS-46 Hyderabad-II
Zubair Ahmed Khan PS-48 Hyderabad-IV
Suhail Yousuf Khan PS-49 Hyderabad-V
Syed Ali Nawaz Shah Rizvi PS-51 Tando Allayar-cum Matiari(I) (Old Hyderabad-IX)
Mir Muhammad Hassan Khan Talpur PS-55 Badin-cum-T.M.Khan(I) (Old Badin-I)
Arbab Ghulam Rahim PS-60 Tharparkar-I
Syed Ali Mardan Shah PS-70 Umerkot-II (Old Mirpurkhas-VII)
Dr Skindar Ali Shoro PS-71 JAmshoro-II (Old Dadu-II)
Dr Daya Ram PS-72 Jamshoro-II (Old Dadu-I)
Murad Ali Shah PS-73 Jamshoro-cum-Dadu (Old Dadu-III)
Pir Mazharul Haq PS-74 Dadu-I (Old Dadu-IV)
Qazi Shams Din PS-80 Sanghar-cum-Mirpurkhas-I (Old Sanghar-III)
Shahid Thaheen PS-83 Sanghar-VI
Sadiq Ali Memon PS-84 Thatta-I
Shah Hussain Shah Sheerazi PS-86 Thatta-III
Muhammad Hanif Sheikh PS-91 Karachi-III
Abdul Haseeb PS-92 Karachi-IV
Saifuddin Khalid PS-94 Karachi-VI
Syed Manzar Imam PS-95 Karachi-VII
Mazahir Ameer Khan PS-96 Karachi-VIII
Muhammad Adil Khan PS-97 Karachi-IX
Muahmmad Moin Khan PS-98 Karachi-X
Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan PS-99 Karachi-XI
Abdul Moid Siddiqui PS-101 Karachi-XIII
Imamuddin Shahzad PS-102 Karachi XIV
Dr Syed Muhammad Ali Shah PS-103 Karachi-XV
Rehan Zafar PS-104 Karachi-XVI
Khalid Bin Waliyat Advocate PS-105 Karachi-XVII
Anwar Alam PS-106 Karachi-XVIII
Syed Shoaib Ahmed Bukhari Advocate PS-107 Karachi-XIX
Muhammad Shoaib PS-110 Karachi-XXII
Muhammad Tahir Qureshi PS-111 Karachi-XXIII
Moqueem Alam PS-112 Karachi-XXIV
Askari Taqvi PS-113 Karachi-XXV
Muhammad Abdul Rauf Siddiqui PS-114 Karachi-XXVI
Muhammad Raza Haroon PS-115 Karachi- XXVII
Syed Sardar Ahmed PS-116 Karachi-XXVIII
Dr Sagheer Ahmed PS-117- Karachi-XXIX
Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi PS-118 Karachi-XXX
Dr Nadeem Maqbool PS-119 Karachi-XXXI
Nishat Muhammad Zia Qadri PS-120 Karachi-XXXII
Waseem Ahmed PS-121 Karachi-XXXIII
Syed Khalid Ahmed PS-122 Karachi-XXXIV
Sheikh Muhammad Afzal Khalid Umer PS-123 Karachi-XXXV
Muhammad Alimur  Rehman PS-124 Karachi-XXXVI
Muhammad Moin Aamir Pirzada PS-1258 Karachi-XXXVII
Syed Faisal Ali Sabzwari PS-126 Karachi-XXXVIII
Nisar Ahmed Panhwar PS-127 Karachi-XXXIX
Firdous Hameed Farheen Mughal Reserve seat for women
Rukia Khanum Somroo Reserve seat for women
Najma Saeed Chawla Reserve seat for women
Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto Reserve seat for women
Bilqees Mukhtar Reserve seat for women
Rifat Khan Reserve seat for women
Mst. Heer Soho Reserve seat for women
Zareen Majeed Reserve seat for women
Husna Aftab Reserve seat for women
Mussarat Bano Warsi Reserve seat for women
Naheed Begum Reserve seat for women
Sabra Khatoon Reserve seat for women
Shahnaz Reserve seat for women
Mohan Mal Reserve seat for non-Muslim
Hargun Das Ahoja Reserve seat for non-Muslim
Rasheed Khan Reserve seat for non-Muslim
Arif Massih Reserve seat for non-Muslim

 

Provincial Assembly Punjab

Lt. Col ® Muhammad Shabbir Awan PP-2 Rawalpindi-II
Raja Tariq Kiani PP-3  Rawalpindi-III
Raja Riaz Ahmed PP-65 Faisalabad-XV
Muhammad Arqam Khan PP-98 Gujranwala-VIII
Zulfiqar Ali Bhindar PP-100 Gujranwala-X
Ch. Abdullah Yousuaf PP-109 Gujrat-II
Major ® Zulfiqar Ali Gondal PP-118 Mandi Bahuddin-III
Muhammad Rizwan PP-128 Sialkot-VIII
Jamil Ashraf PP-129 Sialkot-IX
Sardar Muhammad Asif Nakai PP-183 Kasur-IX
Robina Shaheen Wattoo PP-188 Okara-IV
Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar PP-198 Multan-V
Syed Nazim Hussain Shah PP-199 Multan-VI
Ahmed Hussain Deharr PP-200 Multan-VII
Syed Ahmed Mujtaba Gilani PP-206 Multan-XIII
Muhammad Yar Hiraj PP-215 Khanewal-IV
Shahzad Saeed Cheema PP-224 Sahiwal-V
Shaharyar Ali Khan PP-234 Vehari-III
Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Khan Leghari PP-246 Dera Ghazi Khan-VII
Shehzad Rasool Khan PP-260 Muzaffarghar-X
Mian Muhammad Aslam Adovcate PP-289 Rahimyar Khan-V
Rehana Ijaz Reserve seat for women
Nesim Nasir Khawaja Reserve seat for women
Shabina Riaz Reserve seat for women

 

Provincial Assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Aurangzeb Khan PK-1 Peshawar-I
Muhammad Alamgir Khalil PK-6 Peshawar-VI
Fazal Shakoor Khan PK-17 Charsadda-I
Engineer Javaid Iqbal Tarkai PK-32 Swabi-II
Qazi Muhammad Asad Khan PK-50 Haripur-II
Ghulam Qadir Betani PK-69 DI Khan-VI
Muhammad Zahir Shah Khan PK-87 Shangla-I

 

Provincial Assembly Balochistan

Jaffar George Reserve seat for non-Muslim

 

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Nadir
    Nov 10, 2012 - 3:41AM

    Dual nationals in parliament are traitors, while dual national Afia Siddiqa is a quom ki beeti…right!

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Nov 10, 2012 - 3:45AM

    The long list of sindh assembly is enough to prove that the situation in Sindh is the worst, the rulers of sindh have made sure that they can jump the boat while their haaris are left strandedRecommend

  • Kaashaan
    Nov 10, 2012 - 4:40AM

    Yet we ‘elected’ these people to make laws for us – when they’re clearly violating or plan on violating the dual nationality law themselves.

    Sometimes I think our people just aren’t suitable to democracy. We still get dictators like Zardari who can wrestle with the SC using one of his many pawns. There’s no concept of Inter-party elections (so basically specific families run political parties). It’s all a big joke.

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  • Nov 10, 2012 - 8:36AM

    Many of the NA members belonging to the Muttaheda must resign immediately, in fact on publication of this list if they are loyal to this country and care for its unity. What preeminently comes to mind is an Urdu newspaper caption some months ago that read, quote: “Mohajir dobara hijrat nahin karega……….Altaf Hussain.”
    Sorry, ladies and gentlemen but today our country is being given a new definition from an ultra-conservative and outdated society into an educated and vibrant entity. We have to look after it. Salams

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  • asim
    Nov 10, 2012 - 9:23AM

    This is funny this is checked at the end of 5 years.
    what about another rule that convicted and criminals can not hold any public office? Today CIA chief resigned just having extramartial affairs….we have a president whos cases are being pursued by apex court and still clings to the power chair.

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  • Nov 10, 2012 - 9:38AM

    @Nadir:
    Please do not mix up two different issues. It does not help.

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  • Nov 10, 2012 - 9:47AM

    Let the Law run its course. If it comes to disqualification ,so what. If it leads to early election.Is it bad? These big people’s are banking Who blinks first? Election commission must follow its rules. Election commision have been already negligent. They should have checked it when these people’s were applying as candidates.

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  • Sultan
    Nov 10, 2012 - 12:05PM

    @Nadir:

    Dual nationals are not traitors–they are just barred from contesting elections. Stop the theatrics now!

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  • Tch tch
    Nov 10, 2012 - 1:38PM

    @Nadir:
    The court documents on her case are easily available. She is a Pakistani National.
    Any thing else?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Nov 10, 2012 - 1:56PM

    212 against 190+ million. These are 212 we really do not need.
    Why this procrastination ? The CEC has himself correctly and bravely said we can do without ‘half Pakistanis’ in the assemblies. This holding of dual nationalities is morally wrong, in principle incorrect and illegal as well. When ZAB had this inserted in the Constitution he did so with wisdom and foresight.
    This should also cover superior judiciary, senior generals and senior bureaucrats, as they are very much involved in decission making on a national level.

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 10, 2012 - 4:49PM

    @Nadir: Yes ! that is so, because our constitution says so….first change the relevant clause 63 1 C which bars Parliamentarians to contest in the first place, then your argument is valid….just commenting for the sake of commenting exposes your shallowness…..

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 10, 2012 - 4:53PM

    @the Skunk: Why only MQM dual nationals ?…all those who are dual nationals must resign or get disqualified…period.

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 10, 2012 - 4:58PM

    @asim:

    We do have word ” resignation ” in our dictionary “…..as we do not possess the moral value needed to stand in comity of Nations…..

    The only record that we have is recently, the Sindh industry minister belonging to MQM resigned due to Baldia factory fire….

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  • Introspection
    Nov 10, 2012 - 5:11PM

    “The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan has remarked that the court would not allow a foreign citizen (dual Nationality holder) to have direct access to nuclear facilities and other secrets of the country”… These double-standard (Mir Jaffer) citizens, have their ‘EXIT-STRATEGY-AND-PASSPORTS’ in-place for after mercilessly looting and plundering Pakistan, and then conveniently lamming it out from here, unscathed…FOR THE LOVE OF PAKISTAN AND IT’S PROSPEROUS FUTURE, they should be IMMEDIATELY-DISQUALIFIED from holding any Government positions and or responsibilities…

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  • Nov 10, 2012 - 9:46PM

    When any body put a a counter comment It should appear next to that person comment. It gives continuity of thought and argument.
    This post is for the ET administrator.That is the way it is at yahoo.com

    Any post should come up right away. We do not need any censorship. Thanks

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Nov 11, 2012 - 10:21AM

    Whenever we see such these types of situations by the politicians,bureaucrats and ministers then why do we forget it that “this is Pakistan” not any other country….

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