Dual Citizenship Case: PTI Senator Faisal Wawda Disqualified

The Election Commission of Pakistan has disqualified Senator Faisal Wawda of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf [PTI] in a dual citizenship case.

A three-member bench headed by the Chief Election Commissioner read out the reserved judgment of the Faisal Wawda disqualification case on December 23, 2021 on Wednesday and said in the order that the notification of Faisal Wawda for the Senate seat is withdrawn.

The commission said in a statement that Faisal Wawda had submitted a false affidavit in violation of Article 62F of the Constitution.

Qadir Khan Mandokhel, a PPP petitioner in Faisal Wawda's dual citizenship case, had alleged that Faisal Wawda had submitted a false affidavit while submitting nomination papers for the 2018 general elections when he had purchased properties. Hidden sources, did not pay money trail and did not pay taxes.

The commission on Wednesday ruled that Faisal Wawda had made himself suspicious of his conduct. According to the decision, Faisal Wawda voted in the Senate election as MNA, after which he presented himself as a Senate candidate.

According to the commission, it was doubtful that Faisal Wawda would resign as a Member Assembly and contest the Senate elections.

Case background

In the Faisal Wade disqualification case, the petitioner had taken the position that the Federal Minister had concealed his US citizenship while submitting his nomination papers to the Returning Officer of the National Assembly as a candidate.

At several hearings, the ECP asked Faisal Wawda the date for renunciation of dual citizenship but got no answer.

On one occasion during the dual citizenship case, Faisal Wawda had told the Election Commission that when he appeared before the Returning Officer during the general election, he had shown the canceled US passport on which clearance was obtained. Had given

Applicants submitted a photocopy of the certificate stating that Faisal Wawda relinquished his US citizenship on June 25, 2018, but Wawda did not recognize the copy.

When the Election Commission asked Faisal Wawda for a certificate of renunciation of US citizenship, he said that he did not know much about the legal paperwork of Pakistan or the United States.

Faisal Wawda had also approached the Islamabad High Court to stay the proceedings in the commission after he was elected senator.

He had asked the court that the petitions pending before the commission against dual citizenship when he was a member of the National Assembly should not be rejected now. However, the Islamabad High Court on December 6 stayed the proceedings of the Election Commission. The request was rejected.


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