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ECP to act against dual-national lawmakers, including Malik

Published Sep 24, 2012 12:26pm


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Sercretary Election Commission of Pakistan Ishtiaq Ahmed - Photo grab from Dawn News TV

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday decided initiate with legal action against 12  lawmakers who had submitted false declarations regarding their nationalities, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmed said that, including the eleven already denotified members of the Parliament and assemblies, the Supreme Court "had ordered the Election Commission to initiate proceedings against twelve lawmakers who had submitted false declarations regarding their nationalities".

"The EC has decided to initiate legal proceedings against the lawmakers and forward the complaints to the concerned session judges," he added.

Regarding Rehman Malik case, Ishtiaq said that the SC had forwarded his case to the Chairman Senate regarding his false declaration in 2008.

"Once the Chairman receives the reference and forwards it to us, then the commission will decide upon denotifying Malik," the Secretary ECP clarified.

He further clarified that Senator Rehman Malik has not yet been denotified and he is still a member of Senate and the interior minister.

He also said that " the Supreme Court  had directed the commission to take fresh declarations from all the members of the parliament and members of provincial assemblies regarding their nationalities."

Ahmed was speaking at a press conference following a high-level meeting presided by Justice (retd) Fakharuddin G. Ebrahim in Islamabad.

The meeting was held to discuss the cases of dual-national lawmakers and to formulate the rules and regulations for the upcoming general elections.

Earlier on Sept 20, the Supreme Court had ruled that lawmakers holding dual nationalities were not eligible to hold any public offices and declared all such lawmakers as disqualified.

The ECP had annulled the assembly membership of the 11 disqualified lawmakers in accordance with the SC’s judgement.

The lawmakers included Zahid Iqbal, Farahnaz Ispahani, Muhammad Ikhlaq, Ashraf Chauhan, Nadia Gabol, Amina Buttar, Jameel Awan, Waseem Qadir, Farhat Mahmood Khan, Nadeem Khadim and Ahmed Ali Shah.


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Comments (10) Closed

Ishrat salim Sep 24, 2012 03:08pm
Which EC was supposed to do while these MPs were filing application for election...this wud hv saved lot of SC time and criticism of judiciary and tax payers money....
H from Dubai Sep 24, 2012 02:34pm
Excellent ! This must be punished for lying to the people of Pakistan.
Muhammad Alvi Sep 24, 2012 02:59pm
The SC, particularly the Chief Justice, are doing a great job trying to control the government's behaviour. Just imagine what would be the situation if SC was not effective.
shahuk Sep 24, 2012 04:24pm
Ray of hope, keep it up and set the standards.
zakir akbar Sep 24, 2012 04:41pm
Very well. Next time, please don't come asking for help from Expatriates community, as it appears that we can't represent ourself in the country we lobyy for overseas.
Afzal K Sep 24, 2012 06:19pm
SC referred case to chairman of senate to look into Rehman Malik case. Don't hold your breath, chairman is not going to refer case against one of their own, namely PPP senator, close associate of AAZ.
M. Asghar Sep 24, 2012 01:12pm
It is heartening to see that the ECP has started to take its legal responsabilty concerning the persons implicated in the double-nationality affair.
Enaam E. Hanid Sep 24, 2012 06:31pm
Agreed with the comments.
Enaam E. Hanid Sep 24, 2012 06:34pm
But I believe that dual nationality holders including their spouses in other government institutions like Army, Civil Service and Judiciary particularly holding high posts should also be taken to task.
Syed Sep 24, 2012 06:51pm
very good.