Dual nationality: Zahid Iqbal's membership suspended
25 June, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday suspended the National Assembly membership of PPP's Zahid Iqbal in parliamentarians' dual nationality case.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing the case and suspended the membership of Zahid Iqbal, elected from NA-162 Sahiwal.
The Supreme Court has also sent the court order of the suspension of the PPP member National Assembly to the Speaker for implementation.
During the hearing the court again issued notices to MQM's Nadia Gabol (MPA) and Farhat Mehmood (MNA), PML-N's Waseem Qadir (MPA), Nadeem Khadim (MPA) and Dr Ashraf Chohan (MPA) to appear before the court on next hearing after their absence from the court on Monday.
Jameel Awan, the lawmaker of PML-N, also accepted that he holds Holland's nationality, however, is not a citizen. The Chief Justice questioned his statement by asking "how can a person be a national and not a citizen of Holland".
Jamil Malik submitted his reply on the dual nationality case.
Justice Jawad S Khawaja remarked that people holding dual nationalities should not be part of Pakistan's assemblies.
Tariq Alwana has denied the accusation of having dual nationality and sought more time for explanation. Petitioner, Wahid Anjum, requested the court to collect records from Airport authorities and FIA.
The court adjourned the hearing of the case till July 2. It should be mentioned here that the apex court earlier suspended the NA membership of Farahnaz Isfahani and Senate membership of Rehman Malik.