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ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is among over 450 lawmakers who are yet to submit declarations to the Election Commission, affirming that they do not hold dual nationality.
The commission decided to directly seek fresh declarations from the members of parliament in the second week of this month and warned that those failing to submit the declarations within one month would be presumed to be guilty of violating Article 63 (1)of the Constitution.
Sources said that 67 of the 104 Senators had not yet submitted fresh declarations sought under the directive of the Supreme Court.
They include Senate Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Deputy Chairman Sabir Ali Baloch, Leader of the House Jehangir Badr, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, the president’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar and Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who submitted the declaration when he contested the election for the Senate seat after resigning.
The list includes names of the chairman of the parliamentary committee on national security Mian Raza Rabbani and senators from MQM, ANP and PML-F.
Islamabad high court orders to hold municipal elections
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has ordered the government to hold municipal elections in the federal capital within the next six months.
A one-judge bench of the IHC’s Justice Anwarul Haq Qadri heard the petition regarding local body elections in the capital with advocates Babar Awan and Kaukab Iqbal representing each side.
After hearing arguments from both sides, the court ordered the federal government to hold local body polls in Islamabad in the next six months.
The case was filed about six months ago, with the petitioners pleading to the court that the common man was being deprived of his basic rights because local government weren’t being held.
The petitioners further argued that because municipal elections had not been held for several years, the people in the city’s outskirts were facing a lot of problems.