PML-N’s Miftah Ismail to contest by-polls in NA 249

KARACHI: After Federal Minister Faisal Vawda tendered his resignation from the National Assembly seat (NA-249), Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) has decided to field former finance minister Miftah Ismail for expected by-polls on NA seat from Karachi.

The PML-N candidate will be a joint candidate of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

It is to be mentioned here that in the by-polls held in the past two months, the PML-N and the PPP supported each other in constituencies in various provinces.

Faisal Vawda who won the NA-249 seat in 2018 is now elected as a senator from Sindh. The last NA-249 election had been a close contest, with Vawda securing 35,344 votes to defeat PMLNs Shahbaz Sharif who polled 34,626 votes.

This comes as PTI MNA Faisal Vawda resigned from the MNA seat. His lawyer told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) during the hearing of the disqualification case against the federal minister. 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.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday issued its detailed order in the disqualification case of Federal Minister Faisal Vawda.

According to the details, the IHC, in its detailed order, stated that prima facie, the affidavit submitted by the PTI leader regarding his dual nationality at the time of his election to the National Assembly is “false”.

“Since the affidavits were tendered before the Election Commission of Pakistan, it is just and proper that the Election Commission of Pakistan probes into the matter of veracity of affidavit furnished by Faisal Vawda on 11.06.2018 and if same is found to be false to stipulate the effect thereof pursuant to observations made in PLD 2020 SC 591,” the order said.

The judgement noted that since the lawmaker has resigned as Member National Assembly, no writ of quo-warranto can be issued with respect to holding dual nationality.

“However, the matter of furnishing false affidavit is to be probed by the Election Commission of Pakistan […] and the Commission may pass appropriate orders with respect to the same,” it added.

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