Court Issues Notices To 3 PTI MNAs
Court Issues Notices To 3 PTI MNAs: The Islamabad High Court accepted a plea on Friday to hear the disqualification case of three women MNAs from the PTI. There are allegations that Maleeka Bokhari and Tashfeen Safdar hold dual nationalities while Kanwal Shauzab provided incorrect information to the court.
During the hearing, Justice Aamer Farooq asked if all three MNAs hold dual nationality. The petition against them was filed by Abdullah Khan. The petitioner’s lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri told the court that two women were dual nationals and one had misinformed the IHC. He requested that the MNAs be disqualified for not complying with Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.
He said that Bokhari held dual nationality even on the last day for the submission of nomination papers. He said Safdar hid information about her dual-nationality.
After the initial hearing, the court declared that the disqualification case plea can be heard and notices have been issued to the MNAs. The court issued a notice to the ECP as well and also summoned its representative.
The three women were elected to the National Assembly on reserved seats for women and minorities.
Abdullah Khan from Islamabad and Chaudhry Mehmood Ali Hashim from Gujrat, filed their petition through their counsel, Ahmed Raza Kasuri, sought the disqualification for PTI MNAs Maleeka Bokhari, Tashfeen Safdar and Kanwal Shauzab, saying that these incumbent lawmakers were dual nationals. The petition cites these three lawmakers and the ECP as respondents.
It says the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) identified Maleeka Bokhari as a UK passport holder. It says that through her affidavit in support of her nomination papers dated June 19, she confirmed that she had renounced her UK nationality and surrendered her passport and claimed that the UK Home Office also acknowledged that she has renounced her British nationality.
The petition says that Ms Bokhari had referred to email correspondence between herself, the first secretary justice and home affairs at the British High Commission in Islamabad and one Dave Walsh at the UK Home Office “in support of the duly signed and stamped declaration of renunciation”. The emails were dated June 11, 2018 and Ms Bokhari had submitted her nominations papers on June 10, 2018.
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