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SC orders to suspend election notification of 4 newly-elected senators over dual nationality

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to suspend the notification announcing the victory of four individuals in Saturday’s senate elections for possessing dual nationalities.
While hearing a case pertaining to dual citizenship of judges and civil servants, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar earlier today also noted that Senators holding dual nationalities were elected in the recent elections of the Upper House, however, he said he was unaware of their names.
The court ordered to suspend the notification after the attorney general informed the courts four senators, namely, Sadia Abassi, Haroon Akhtar, Nuzhat Siddiqui and Chaudhry Sarwar, hold dual nationality.
The apex court has issued notices to the four senators to clarify their positions after the ECP said some of these have already submitted affidavits to the commission giving up their dual nationality.
The court, however, said the senators still need to appear before court and clear their names.
Responding to the news, Prime Minister’s sister, Sadia Abbasi, said that she does not hold dual nationality.
Chaudhry Sarwar had also given up his dual nationality in 2013. The
Today’s hearing
Earlier today, the secretary establishment informed the apex court that 22 ministries are part of the 43 divisions.
According to a report submitted to the Supreme Court, the number of civil servants holding dual nationalities is 64 in Punjab, five in Sindh, nine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), eight in Balochistan, 28 in Azad Kashmir, and one in Gilgit Baltistan.
Justice Nisar, during the hearing, said that any civil servant found guilty of hiding information about dual citizenship will be removed from their position. He also noted that judges of the apex court were not allowed to hold dual nationalities due to the sensitive nature of their job.
He said that the data pertaining to dual citizenship of government officers was very important.
Questioning the number of dual citizens in the prime minister’s secretariat, the CJP summoned the premier’s principal secretary.