ECP rejects plea to stop issuing notification of Faisal Vawda’s as a senator

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday rejected the plea to stop issuing notification of Faisal Vawda’s senatorship and accepted the request of Rasheed A Rizvi for becoming a party in the case.

According to the reports, the election commission sought a written response from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Faisal Vawda. To this, Vawda sought time to submit his response.

One of the ECP members questioned where “he will appear in the next hearing.” Vawda assured that he will appear even if he is called for 100 times by the election commission.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Cabinet Division issued a notification taking back the portfolio of Minister for Water Resources from Muhammad Faisal Vawda as he had already resigned from his seat in the National Assembly.

The resignation took effect from March 3, 2021, the notification reads.

This comes as the Islamabad High Court said that it could not disqualify PTI MNA Faisal Vawda as he had already resigned from his National Assembly seat.

According to the details, a single bench of the IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq says it cannot disqualify Faisal Vawda as he has earlier resigned from the National Assembly seat but the affidavit he submitted before the court about his American nationality is based on falsehood

The ruling came as part of IHC Justice Amir Farooq’s 13-page written verdict.

PTI MNA Faisal Vawda also resigned from the MNA seat, his lawyer told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) during the hearing of the disqualification case against the federal minister.

A copy of the resignation papers has been submitted to the Islamabad High Court. “This case no longer holds merit as Vawda has resigned,” his lawyer told the court. He requested the court to dismiss the case as the petition was filed against his election as an MNA.

Meanwhile, the petitioner’s lawyer said that Vawda has resigned after casting his vote in the Senate elections. Vawda should be considered a member of the assembly till his resignation is accepted, the lawyer added.

Recently Faisal vawda also win the senate election from Sindh. His nomination challenged by Advocate Qadir Khan Mandokhail but the election tribunal ruled in Vawda’s favour.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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