KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday ordered the issuance of notices to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Member National Assembly (MNA) and Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda through Speaker National Assembly (NA) on a petition seeking his disqualification over dual nationality.
While hearing the petition filed by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Qadir Khan Mandokhel, the SHC asked where is Faisal Vawda and directed that voice be raised outside for his presence. The voice was raised for Vawda but he could not appear before the court.
The court said that notices should be issued to Vawda through NA Speaker and Ministry of Water Resources. The court remarked that verdict would be announced on available evidence, if Vawda does not appear till 13th November.
The petitioner, Qadir Khan Mandokhel said, “Vawda will appear automatically if his assembly membership is suspended for two days.”
Mandokhel said all evidence are available pertaining to dual nationality of Vawda. He said one type of citizenship is to get through a process but Vawda is a born United States (US) citizen. He said how an American citizen is being made national assembly member, adding that his election record should be taken into custody.
Petitioner said that Vawda’s documents do meet Article 62 of the Constitution.
Mandokhel claimed in the petition that the NA-249 winner did not declare his US citizenship and he had concealed foreign properties as well as the bank accounts in the nomination papers and affidavit submitted for the 2018 polls. The money trail of the foreign property had not been declared. The record of the foreign property was not mentioned in the record of Retraining Officer (RO). The hearing was adjourned by the court till 13th November,