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ECP reserves verdict in Faisal Vawda disqualification case

ECP reserves verdict in Faisal Vawda disqualification case
The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) has reserved its verdict on a disqualification petition filed towards PTI chief Faisal Vawda, reported on Thursday.

A 3-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja heard the petition filed towards Vawda in Islamabad pertaining to his twin citizenship.
Through the listening to, the Chief Election Commissioner, whereas speaking to PPP chief Qadir Khan Mandokhel who petitioned the case, stated: “You had stated that the ultimate arguments had been offered. Do you wish to current extra arguments or paperwork?”

Qadir Mandokhel stated that that is the thirtieth listening to. He stated the fee has been giving a warning for the final one and a half years, including that the questions already requested to the fee ought to be answered first and that he didn’t have extra arguments.

Sikandar Sultan Raja requested that whether or not the questions had been answered or not. “It’s the job of the fee to have the ultimate phrase. That is the final time,” he stated.
Qadir Mandokhel acknowledged that Faisal Vawda had American citizenship on the time he submitted nomination papers.

The involved RO was not punished, and the RO rejected my papers as a substitute of disqualifying Faisal Vawda, he stated, including that he despatched a discover to the US embassy, to which they stated that they don’t reply to people.

“I instructed the ECP to ask the US embassy,” he lamented.

The petitioner stated that Vawda has declared property abroad and that the fee ought to inquire from the US Consulate about his citizenship.

“On the final listening to, you stated that the arguments had been full. Nonetheless, right this moment you’re speaking about one thing new. The consulate is just not answerable to the Election Fee, and the Fee can’t write to them,” the CEC responded.

Asif Mehmood, the petitioner’s lawyer, acknowledged that they’ve supplied all written responses and that the fee ought to resolve whether or not Faisal Vawda had twin citizenship when submitting nomination papers or not.

Mandokhel claimed that Faisal Vawda submitted a false affidavit whereas submitting nomination papers and hid twin citizenship whereas scrutinising the nomination papers.

Vawda’s lawyer stated in his arguments that the petitioners are counting on the certificates of renunciation of citizenship.
Faisal Vawda has at all times been a Pakistani citizen, and he by no means gave up Pakistani citizenship, stated his lawyer.

Lawyer Barrister Moeed additional stated that Faisal had by no means utilized for citizenship of one other nation. In line with his start certificates, he was born in the US, the lawyer stated.

Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja inquired in regards to the date of the cancellation of citizenship and whether or not the cancellation of a passport additionally revokes citizenship.

When you’ve got twin citizenship, you should have a NICOP, however you’ll not have a Pakistani identification card, he stated, including {that a} regular identification card is just not proof that you just do not need twin citizenship.

The lawyer argued that, in accordance with Nadra, Faisal Vawda’s US citizenship was seized on Could 29, 2018. Faisal Vawda is a Pakistani citizen, he acknowledged.

“The place did the information of NADRA come from?” the Chief Election Commissioner inquired, asking whether or not Nadra might challenge a certificates stating that an individual is simply a Pakistani citizen.