ECP disqualifies Faisal Wada in dual citizenship case

ISLAMABAD, Feb 09 (Alliance News): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has disqualified Faisal Wada, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senator and former Minister for Water Resources, in a dual citizenship case.

The brief decision of the Chief Election Commissioner stated that Faisal Wada had submitted a false affidavit while submitting nomination papers for the 2018 elections.

It may be recalled that the ECP had reserved its decision on disqualification petitions against Faisal Wada on December 23, 2021.

Announcing the reserved verdict today, the Election Commission disqualified Faisal Wada and ordered to return the salary and benefits earned as a member of the National Assembly.

In addition, the ECP withdrew the notification of Faisal Wada’s election as a senator, while the vote cast by him in the Senate elections as a member of the National Assembly was also declared ‘incorrect’.

Faisal Wada was accused of concealing his dual citizenship while contesting the National Assembly seat from Karachi in the 2018 general elections.

On which Qadir Mandokhel, Mian Faisal and Mian Asif Mehmood had filed petitions in the Election Commission for disqualification of Faisal Wada.

The petition filed by Qadir Mandokhel stated that Faisal Wada had dual citizenship and was an American citizen at the time he filed his nomination papers for the National Assembly elections.

The petition also said that Faisal Wada had filed an affidavit in the Election Commission stating that he was not a citizen of any other country.

The petition contended that since he had submitted a false affidavit, he was disqualified under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution.

During the hearing of the petition, the lawyer of the former minister said that Faisal Wada did not lie, he had canceled his foreign passport before submitting the nomination papers.

During the hearing, Faisal Wada’s lawyer Barrister Moeed submitted his birth certificate to the commission stating that Faisal Wada was born in the US state of California and was a US citizen by birth.

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