CEC gives last chance to Faisal Vawda in dual nationality case
Making it clear to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Faisal Vawda that now it was settled that he had held ‘dual nationality’, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday asked him to provide the certificate as a proof so that the commission could accept his claim that he had given up his ‘dual nationality’, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
A three-member bench of the ECP, headed by the chief election commissioner (CEC), heard the disqualification case of the PTI leader for possessing dual nationality.
Vawda replied that he would try to get the certificate since he had come to know only now that the certificate was ready.
The PTI leader further said that when the case had been filed against him, he was an MNA. “Later, I resigned from the seat because of the same objection of possessing ‘dual nationality’,” he added.
When Vawda told the bench that his lawyer could not come today since his family members were sick, and that he might have to travel abroad for their treatment, the CEC replied that he could have submitted his written reply if his lawyer could not attend the hearing.
The ECP warned him that the commission would be left with no other option but to reserve its verdict in his case if his counsel did not show up even on the next date of hearing.
During the hearing, the CEC remarked that now there was a time for preparations for the next general elections in the country. “We cannot afford to prolong this case unnecessarily. The high court, too, had ordered settlement of the case within two months. This is the last chance for you,” he said while addressing Vawda.
The PTI leader told the bench that he had showed up out of respect for the commission and to show that he took the case filed against him seriously.
The CEC, on the occasion, also reprimanded the assistant lawyer of the PTI leader for not bringing with him the file he had been asked to bring with him.
The CEC adjourned hearing of the case until December 23.
Reporter Usman Khan