ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda has resigned from the National Assembly.
Vawda is a candidate for the Senate elections being held today. He was elected to the National Assembly from Constituency NA-249 (Karachi West-II) in 2018 general elections.
The Islamabad High Court heard a case regarding his disqualification for possessing foreign citizenship. Vawda’s lawyer appeared before the court and informed that his client has resigned as a member of the National Assembly, and therefore, his disqualification plea became ineffective. The legal team of Vawda also submitted his resignation from the National Assembly to the court.
During the hearing, Vawda’s counsel argued that the case against him in the court stands ineffective following his resignation. The petitioner Barrister Jahangir Jadoon objected to the argument and that several members of the assembly resigned from their seats and joined the parliament again in the past. He added that a person remains a member of the assembly unless the resignation is accepted by the National Assembly Speaker
He said Faisal Vawda submitted a fake oath regarding his dual nationality and such a person cannot be a member of the parliament. He said it is clear that Vawda was a US national until the acceptance of his nomination papers. He added that the scrutiny was completed on June 18 while the PTI leader surrendered his dual nationality on June 25.
The Sindh High Court (SHC) has declared Vawda eligible to participate in the Senate polls.