Vawda challenges lifelong disqualification in Apex Court

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Former PTI senator Faisal Vawda on Friday challenged the lifelong disqualification by the Election Commission of Pakistan and the subsequent ruling by the Islamabad High Court in the Supreme Court.

Last week, the electoral watchdog disqualified PTI leader Faisal Vawda for life from parliament for submitting a false affidavit regarding his dual citizenship.

The PTI senator was disqualified by the election watchdog for violating Article 62(1)(f) which pertains to being “sadiq (truthful) and “amin” (honest).

The article provision sets the precondition for a member of parliament and is the same provision under which former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by Supreme Court on July 28, 2017, in the Panama Papers case.

Vawda, subsequently approached the IHC, however, his plea seeking the revocation of his lifetime disqualification was dismissed by the court. The IHC observed that the ECP disqualified Vawda after concluding that he had submitted a false affidavit regarding his nationality to the commission at the time of the filing of his nomination pape rs to contest elections from Karachi’s NA-249 constituency in 2018.

In the appeal submitted in the SC on Friday, the former senator prayed upon the apex court to annul the earlier ECP decision and restore his senatorship.

 

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