The Sindh High Court on Friday issued notices to the deputy attorney-general, the Election Commission, the secretary of the ministry of law and justice and others on a petition seeking disqualification of those members of the parliament who have dual citizenship and staying the forthcoming Senate elections until the judgment on the petition.
South Asia’s representative for the Human Rights Commission, Iqbal Kazmi, submitted in the petition that a person with dual citizenship did not qualify to contest elections to the parliament and the provincial assemblies under Article 62 of the Constitution as well as under the general election laws.
He submitted that the secretary of the Election Commission had admitted in a recent interview that a person with dual citizenship did not qualify to become a member of the parliament.
Referring to some media reports, he submitted that more than two dozen legislators had dual citizenship. These legislators had no right as per the law to either take part in legislation or in the forthcoming Senate elections.
The petitioner submitted that it was binding on the Election Commission to prepare a list of all such legislators and send a reference for their disqualification.
The court was prayed to direct the Election Commission to produce such a record.
The SHC’s division bench, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, issued notices to the deputy attorney-general, the Election Commission and others on the stay application.