Web Desk -- Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda may loose his National Assembly seat as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) submitted his affidavit in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in which he has given an undertaking that he never acquired the citizenship of any foreign state.
Senior counsel Sanaullah Zahid of ECP submitted the affidavit to Justice Aamer Farooq of the IHC during the hearing of a petition seeking Mr Vawda’s disqualification for allegedly concealing his US nationality at the time of filing his nomination papers to contest the general elections in 2018.
From the affidavit and other evidences presented before court it became crystal clear that Mr Vawda was a US citizen at the time of filing of his nomination papers to contest the NA election from NA-249 Karachi. "The affidavit of June 11, 2018 was inconsistent with the fact that Mr Vawda had given up his US citizenship on June 25 the same year," the court noted.
Mr Vawda’s lawyer requested the court to adjourn the hearing as he was not prepared to argue. He said that since as many as four applications related to disqualification of the minister were pending with the ECP, the commission might be restrained from proceeding in this matter.
Justice Farooq warned the counsel for Mr Vawda not to play “hide and seek” with the court.
The court adjourned the hearing till Nov 12.