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Dual Nationality: SC Restores Membership Of Four New Senators

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday restored the membership of four senators whose wining notification was not issued from Election Commission of Pakistan over the dual nationality.
A five member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan gave its decision on the case on Saturday and also formed a seven member full bench of the apex court to decide on the issue.
The senators whose notification has been withheld include Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Chaudhry Sarwar, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Haroon Akhtar, Saadya Abbasi and Nuzhat Sadiq, in light of the Supreme Court orders in dual nationality case.
Earlier, when Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar resumed hearing the suo motu case on the dual nationality of lawmakers of the Upper House of Parliament at the Lahore Registry, PTI senator-elect Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar told the court that he renounced his British nationality in 2013.
The Chief Justice queried whether he gave up his British nationality for good, or temporarily, to which Sarwar’s counsel said that under British law, nationality can be restored.
To this, Justice Nisar observed that it appeared Sarwar temporarily renounced his British nationality just so that he could “become a governor and after enjoying the mandates, could restore his [British] nationality.”
The Chief Justice remarked that Sarwar must give an undertaking that he would never restore his British nationality.
If you restore your British nationality, then this would call for a disqualification, Justice Nisar observed.