Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda was a dual national at the time of filing his nomination papers to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to contest the general elections in 2018, The News reported on Monday.
The PTI stalwart, who was recently reprimanded by Prime Minister Imran Khan for bringing an army-style boot to a TV show, was an American national at the time of filing nomination papers, the report revealed.
Vawda submitted his nomination papers on June 11, 2018, which were approved by the election body a week later on June 18, the report said. However, the PTI leader applied for the renunciation of his nationality with the US consulate at Karachi four days after the fact on June 22, 2018, the report revealed.
It merits a mention here that according to the law, dual nationals are not allowed to contest elections unless they give up their second nationality. In 2018, the Supreme Court disqualified two PML-N lawmakers, Haroon Akhtar and Saadia Abbasi, for holding dual nationalities at the time of filing papers to the election commission.
Both the members were disqualified under Article 63(1)(c) of the Constitution, which says that a person will be disqualified from being elected or chosen member of parliament if he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan or acquires the citizenship of a foreign state.