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Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Farooq Sattar. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar on Tuesday said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should not rule on the issue of dual national lawmakers until the Supreme Court issued a detailed judgment on the case, DawnNews reported.

Sattar discussed the issue of dual national lawmakers with Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim in Islamabad.

Sources told DawnNews that Sattar said he was visiting the election commission as Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis.

He requested the election commissioner to not proceed on the matter of dual national legislators until the Supreme Court issued a detailed judgment in the case.

Sattar said the MQM would also file a review petition over the apex court's verdict in the case against dual national lawmakers.

Verdict against dual national lawmakers

On Sept 20, the Supreme Court had disqualified 11 members of parliament and provincial assemblies, but had spared Malik for the time being. The only sentence Malik received for submitting a false declaration was a court observation that he could not be considered sagacious, righteous, honest and ameen.

However, like other lawmakers, the minister will be facing legal proceedings by the election commission which may entail a punishment of up to seven years and also require him to reimburse all monetary benefits drawn by him up to July 11, 2012, for the period he occupied the public office.

Comments (8) Closed

Salman Ahmed Oct 09, 2012 11:07pm
I am an overseas Pakistani and am happy to help Pakistan at any time - but I am TOTALLY and UTTERLY against event the thought of our lawmakers having dual nationality. The government has not done a single thing to allow the overseas Pakistanis in getting their right to vote. Now they want to save their members of parliament who knowingly perjured themselves. Shame on the government and on those members of parliament.
Cyrus Howell Oct 09, 2012 03:27pm
"Hurry up and wait." Pakistan government motto.
Zubair Oct 09, 2012 04:59pm
Do any one has details on how many siting or retired judges either have dual nationality or their next of kin are dual nationals.
Muhammad Choudhry Oct 09, 2012 11:44am
politicians are blaming Supreme court, Stopping Election commissioner to issue their verdict But they are with those who lied to the nation having dual nationality! Shame on Minister for overseas. The want to have different laws for them. All should return the money and should be put behind the bar. USA
TK from USA Oct 10, 2012 04:52pm
@Zubair, Let us start with the lawmakers and then reach out to those who are responsible to implement the laws! Step at a time.
Gerry D'Cunha Oct 09, 2012 10:33am
dual nationals 'be aware' your remittance is more important to the country than your membership to the parliament - your votes are more important in the british parliament than pakistan parliament
M. Asghar Oct 09, 2012 11:05am
The ECP has to do its job according to the directives of the Apex Court without any other consideration.
Naeem Khan Manhattan,KS Oct 10, 2012 12:09am
What I don't understand is this debate about dual nationalities, if the constitution prohibits it then there is no room for any debate, one should follow the constitution and those who willfully violated it should be prosecuted and they must return all the monies they have received from the treasury. Ignorance of law is no excuse in the court of law. Some of these people in the Senate,NA and PAs has lied and hoodwinked the electorate and they knew that they were dishonest and violating the constitution. Now the same very people wants to delay the process, it is criminal act and should be treated as such.