ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday cleared Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Nuzhat Sadiq in a suo motu case concerning the civil servants holding dual nationality.
The court’s decision came after the Foreign Office submitted a report to the SC stating that both Sarwar and Sadiq had permanently renounced their foreign nationalities.
Holding dual nationality can potentially disqualify lawmakers under Article 63(1)(c) of the constitution.
The top court had taken up the matter in March, soon after the Senate elections. The chief justice had inquired about senators who held dual nationality.
The attorney general had told the court that four senators, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Chaudhry Sarwar, former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s sister Sadia Abbasi, and the PML-N’s Nuzhat Sadiq and Haroon Akhtar possessed dual nationality in past.