- Directs him to return salary and other benefits received as an MNA
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified on Wednesday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Senator Faisal Vawda, Aaj News reported.
A three-member ECP bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja comprising Nisar Durrani and Shah Muhammad Jatoi had reserved the verdict last year in December on applications seeking disqualification of Vawda for allegedly concealing the information about his dual nationality.
The petitions argued that Vawda was a dual national at the time of filing his nomination papers to contest the 2018 general election.
The petition added that the PTI leader had submitted his nomination papers to the ECP on June 11, 2018 and had allegedly applied for renunciation of his US nationality after that.
The petition also argued that Vawda had made a false statement on oath in the affidavit given to the ECP and hence should be disqualified under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, which means the PTI leader will not be able to contest elections again.
During the hearing, the ECP bench also directed Vawda to return the salary and other benefits he had received as an MNA within two months. The commission also withdrew the notification declaring the PTI leader's victory on a Senate seat in polls held in 2021.
Following the verdict, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said that Vawda will approach the Supreme Court against the ECP's judgement.
He added that Islamabad High Court (IHC) had also suspended the ECP’s decision of disqualifying PTI leader Umar Amin Gandapur from contesting Dera Ismail Khan’s City Mayor elections.