Plea in SHC seeks disqualification of Vawda over alleged dual nationality

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KARACHI: A petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday sought disqualification of Water Resources minister Faisal Vawda over allegedly concealing his dual nationality before the election.

Advocate Qadir Khan Mandokhel in his petition said that Vawda concealed his dual citizenship at the time of filing nomination papers from the election commission.

“When the matter was taken in the court, Faisal Vawda quietly applied to surrender his US nationality,” the petitioner claimed.

“The evidence suggests that Faisal Vawda was holding dual citizenship at the time of the polls”, the petitioner said. “Thus he should be disqualified and be ordered to return all perks and privileges”.

The high court admitted the petition for hearing.

Earlier, a petition was also filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking disqualification of Faisal Vawda.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani hearing the petition sought reply from Vawda till February 24 in dual nationality case.

Vawda was a dual national at the time of filing nomination papers for general elections in 2018 and he concealed his American citizenship by falsely declaring on oath to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that he didn’t have any foreign nationality, the petition said.

The IHC has also served notices to the cabinet, law and justice ministry, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Secretary National Assembly.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan in its judgment has categorically directed that the candidates who previously held dual nationality shall have the renunciation certificate at the time of filing of nomination papers, the plea said.

Moreover, the Election Commission of Pakistan also hearing of a petition seeking disqualification of the Water Resources Minister over allegedly concealing his dual citizenship.

The election commission had issued notices to the parties for hearing of the petition regarding the submission of a false affidavit.

Chairman Aman Taraki Party, Faiq Shah in his plea said that Vawda concealed his dual nationality and submitted a false affidavit in the election commission with his nomination papers.

The plea seeks Vawda’s removal from the public office under clause 62-1 (F) of the constitution.

Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution pertains to the qualification of members of the Parliament.

The petition said that Faisal Vawda was a dual national when he had submitted his nomination papers to contest election for a National Assembly seat and he concealed his dual nationality.

The petition said that the minister is no longer Sadiq and Ameen (truthful and trustworthy) as he filed a false affidavit with regard to his nationality.

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