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Former MNA arrested over false declaration of dual nationality

Published Apr 25, 2013 06:01pm


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Former MNA Chaudhry Zahid Iqbal. - Photo from the National Assembly of Pakistan website
Former MNA Chaudhry Zahid Iqbal. - Photo from the National Assembly of Pakistan website

SAHIWAL: Former member of national assembly (MNA), Chaudhry Zahid Iqbal was arrested on Wednesday for wrongly stating his dual nationality status while filing his nomination paper from NA-162 Sahiwal-III.

Iqbal was charged under the Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution and was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs 5,000.

The arrest order was given by Mushtaq Tarar, District and Session Judge, while disposing of Iqbal’s dual nationality case filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Dawn learnt.

Jawad Afzal, SHO, Civil Line, immediately arrested the former MNA and shifted him to Central Jail, Sahiwal.

Iqbal is an Arain by caste and a resident of tehsil Chichawatni. He won 2008 election on PPP ticket from NA-162 by bagging 70,634 votes.

He was previously disqualified by the Supreme Court in October 2012 for allegedly holding a British nationality under the dual nationality case. The election commission ordered by-election in Chichawatni on Dec4.

Iqbal resubmitted his nomination papers in Sahiwal after being awarded a ticket from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

However, on the day when the election symbols were to be allocated, he left PPP and joined the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N). Within a night, the PPP flag and Benazir Bhutto’s portrait from his residence was replaced with a PML-N flag and pictures of the Sharif brothers.

Iqbal again won the by-election on a PML-N ticket by winning 76,268 votes. He filed his nomination papers for the upcoming election as a PML-N candidate.

His nomination papers were rejected and he appealed to an election tribunal at the Lahore High Court. The court allowed him to contest the upcoming election on a conditional basis.

Meanwhile, PML-N awarded a ticket to Chaudhry Muhammad Tufail Jutt from NA-162, Sahiwal-III.

On other hand, the ECP filed a petition regarding Iqbal’s dual nationality, for which he was arrested today. He was charged with the violation of the Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.


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gangadin Apr 26, 2013 02:59am

He gets arrested and goes to jail, but when Musharraf gets arrested, he goes home. Am I missing something?

Shahpur Apr 25, 2013 11:55pm
What would you call these kind of people.
Atif Apr 25, 2013 02:52pm
soon he ll b freed n cleared from all charges from the higher RESPECTED courts.......
Bilal Khan Apr 25, 2013 04:13pm
What a joke! When Senate committee asked for the list of dual nationality holder judges of higher judiciary, it declined. Double standards. Seems like Pakistan was made for judicial and military bureaucrats to rule.
Capt C M Khan Apr 25, 2013 04:32pm
Every Election in Pakistan has been a CIRCUS. This one takes the cake. These are the MOST MANIPULATED and well organised where there is MANIPULATION even before the elections (Sadiq Ameen story). I am confused, are these acts to delay the elections or to bring the right wing TT supported parties in power??? In both cases Bad days ahead for the country, the unemployed, the uneducated, the poor, the minorities including our Shia brothers. Good times for the Elite and middle class.
javaid khan Apr 26, 2013 07:05am
Its high time that PPP and PML N get rid of people in their party who lied to the public of Pakistan.This kind of person do not deserve to be in the parliment,
Agha Ata (USA) Apr 25, 2013 02:52pm
What pride does his mustache give him when he is so dishonest in the matters of importance in his life?
Asif Khan Apr 26, 2013 01:42pm
This article doesn't make sense. It seems a personal opinion. I don't see any thorough analysis and research behind it.
Gul Apr 25, 2013 02:19pm
2013 election by itself is a big joke. What is the significance of the two articles 62 and 63? I think it was never applied in its true spirit, there was no screening and yes there was a rehersal to show that officials performed their duty but in vain. Ordinary Pakistani will be at a loss.
Mushtaq Ahmad Apr 25, 2013 02:21pm
Pkistani politics has become A drama / tamasha
Nadeem Ullah Apr 25, 2013 01:49pm
"Meanwhile, PML-N awarded a ticket to Chaudhry Muhammad Tufail Jutt from NA-162, Sahiwal-III" How could that happen when all dates are already passed?
Akhtar Apr 25, 2013 05:27pm
He should be freed. Dual natioanlity is not a crime.
Akhtar Apr 25, 2013 05:28pm
Scrap article 62 and 63.
Xulf Apr 25, 2013 05:11pm
Well done Sharif Brothers for accepting this stellar politicians!! Just shows the depth of your vision!!
Mustafa Apr 25, 2013 05:20pm
At last some powerful guy sent to jail. Good start
PakistanZindabaad Apr 25, 2013 02:48pm
You are correct it is joke to fine of 5000 rupees, specially when we know for fact that he looted in millions of rupees from this great country. It is all absurd to see such a small punishment for a crime of this scale. It goes to show that we are being fooled by these thugs again but inshallah Allah will not let us down this time and we will get rid of this current and previous failed governments for all. Come on people of Pakistan show these thugs the power we have as the voters of this great country.....
YOUSUF HUSSAIN Apr 25, 2013 02:42pm
There are lot of people who are working on very sensitive position and having dual nationality
Aamir Apr 25, 2013 01:37pm
I wish and hope EC and CJ of Pakistan together take proper action and strike down all the candidates that do not meet the rquirements of article 62 and 63.
Salim Akbani Apr 25, 2013 01:30pm
Ariann by race??? What has that got to do with his election filing??? Third grade reporting. Stick to the facts about the issues and stop including unrelated topics.
Jamshed Khan Apr 25, 2013 01:30pm
A fine of only 5000 Rs in todays time and age? What a joke?