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Shahbaz tells SC he is only a Pakistani

17 October, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: Submitting a written reply in the Supreme Court, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has denied opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz's claim the CM holds dual nationality and said the allegations were malicious, false, frivolous, untrue, baseless and worthy of being rejected with exemplary costs.

The Punjab CM requested the SC to declare Raja Riaz had lied publicly, therefore, he was not honest, as enshrined in Article 62(1)(f).

"For the false, frivolous, and malicious allegations levelled against the answering respondent by the said Raja Riaz Ahmad, he deserves to be fined with exemplary costs, which may be donated to some charitable institution, and for having publicly lied, mislead the people and this court, he is liable to be declared dishonest, non sagacious, non righteous, profligate, neither sadiq and ameen," Shahbaz further pleaded through his counsel, Mustafa Ramday.

Submitting a declaration-on-oath to the Election Commission of Pakistan, Shahbaz stated he was a born national and citizen of Pakistan and had never applied for/sought any other citizenship/nationality.

He also stated that in 2002, when the he was in forced exile, he was diagnosed with cancer for which doctors in Saudi Arabia had advised immediate medical treatment in the United States, however, at that time, he was not in custody of a valid Pakistani passport.

"The then regime led by a dictator had refused to renew/issue a valid travel document for the answering respondent. Despite being offered the option of travelling on the passport of a foreign country, the answering respondent did not opt for the said kind assistance despite facing a life threatening situation."

The chief minister contended he was eligible and duly qualified, being not hit or disqualified by inter-alia, under the provisions of Article 63(1)(c) of the constitution, therefore, notice to him regarding this matter should be discharged with exemplary costs.

A three member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will hear the suo motu case today (Wednesday), taken on reports in various newspapers, including our sources, regarding the statement by Raja Riaz that Shahbaz holds dual nationality.

The court has already issued notices to Shahbaz, Riaz, and editors of our sources, Daily Asas and The News to appear in court in person today (October 17). "This court vide order dated 20.09.2012, has held that a parliamentarian or member of provincial assembly, who is holder of dual citizenship, as it has been envisaged in Article 63(1)(c) of the constitution, is not qualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament). Obviously, this Article is also applicable to the members of provincial assembly, subject to passing of above order," the CJP said in his order.


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