Faisal Vawda disqualification case: IHC rejects Vawda’s petition against ECP’s verdict

Nov 12, 2021: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday rejected a petition filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking stay of proceedings in the disqualification case of Senator Faisal Wawda.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah dismissed the senator’s petition as inadmissible.

Justice Minullah said that Wawda should prove his innocence and allow the Election Commission to take action as per law. The IHC said the ECP could decide eligibility within 60 days of success.

On Thursday, Wawda had approached the High Court, asking the court to overturn the ECP’s decision to reject his application to stay the proceedings in his disqualification case. Wawda asked the IHC to quash the case against him.

In 2018, Wawda had participated in the general election from NA-249 Karachi and was declared the winner on August 7 of the same year. A petition was filed challenging his election to the National Assembly in 2020.

The petition states that when Wawda filed his nomination papers for the election, he had dual citizenship.

The petition also argued that Wawda had given false statement in the affidavit given to the ECP and therefore should be disqualified under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution.

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