The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) says it had made it clear that those failing to submit fresh declarations would be presumed to be possessing dual nationality, which would ultimately lead to their disqualification.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The fate of over 200 Pakistani lawmakers hangs in the balance as the Election Commission decides on their future on Monday, following their failure to submit declarations affirming they do not hold dual nationality.

The ECP has called a session on Nov 12 to decide on the issue of legislators who had not submitted their declarations by Friday – the commission’s deadline for filing the affidavits, Additional Secretary Mohammad Afzal Khan told DawnNews.

Chief Election Commission Fakhruddin G Ebrahim said the ECP is firm on acting against dual national legislators following the Supreme Court’s clear orders.

Pakistan’s apex court, disqualifying 11 legislators on Sept 20 for holding dual nationalities, had directed the ECP to obtain fresh declarations on oath from all legislators to examine their cases individually.

A senior ECP official said the commission had made it clear that those failing to submit fresh declarations would be presumed to be possessing dual nationality, which would ultimately lead to their disqualification.

The official had earlier said that as many as 331 lawmakers, including the prime minister and some of his cabinet colleagues, had not submitted their affidavits by Wednesday. He said that some lawmakers who had proceeded on Haj might get some more time to submit fresh declarations.

Another source in the Election Commission said Friday that up to 223 lawmakers were yet to file their declarations.

According to the source, the lawmakers include 81 from the National Assembly, 31 from the Senate, 76 from Sindh Assembly, 27 from Punjab Assembly, 7 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, and one legislator from the Balochistan Assembly.

Updated Nov 09, 2012 01:01pm

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Mansoor Sajid
Nov 09, 2012 01:38pm
Why they are afraid if they don't possess dual nationality or do they wnt to show their muscles through non-compliance of supreme court's orders'. Party leaders should have taken the led to instruct their respective members of NA as well as PA to submit the affidavits within the stipulated period of time.
Nov 09, 2012 05:23pm
Nothing is going to happen since slr, lord, knight, viceroy, dr. rehman malik holds dual nationality at present.
Nov 09, 2012 01:14pm
The Dual Nationals should be exported to the countries of their OATH
M. Asghar
Nov 09, 2012 11:52am
The ECP must act with its full legal authority against those who do not obey their legal obligations.
Michael Malcolm
Nov 09, 2012 01:26pm
Great work by ECP cleaning the process to be a true Pakistani only for eligibility as per the constitution that the assembly members harbored so strongly.all the time.
S. Nasir Mehdi
Nov 09, 2012 08:25pm
Dual nationals must go out of assemblies. EC should also take care of their kins if they try to become a candidate in next elections.
Nov 09, 2012 07:58pm
Why this procrastination ? The constitution is clear on this issue. The CEC has himself, very rightly and bravely said that 'half Pakistanis' are not acceptable as law makers. It is morally, legally and in principle wrong for a dual national to sit in the assemblies. My view is that this law should be extended to cover all government officials of Grade 21 and over who hold positions where decisions effecting the nation are made by them.
Nov 09, 2012 12:17pm
If the law is clear that dual nationality is illegal for parliament members, then why this delay ? Is there no punishment for these deliberate liars ?