Vawda case: SC rules ECP has ‘no jurisdiction’ to disqualify lawmakers for life


The Supreme Court on Sunday ruled that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has no jurisdiction under the Constitution to decide upon the pre-election disqualification  of a lawmaker.

The four-page short order relating to Vawda’s lifetime disqualification case was authored by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial — who heard the case along with Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Ayesha Malik.

In its four-page short order, the top court nullified the verdicts of the ECP and the high court and said: “ECP has no jurisdiction […] to inquire into and decide upon the matter of pre-election disqualification and disqualification of a returned candidate.”

The former PTI leader apprised the court that he received a citizenship renunciation certificate from the US authorities on June 25, 2018, the SC mentioned in the order. It further said that Vawda admitted his mistake and apologised unconditionally to the SC.

Earlier, Chairman PTI Imran Khan has expelled his old colleague Faisal Vawda from the party.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan terminated the basic membership of former minister Faisal Vawda taking strict action against him over a press conference held a few days ago.

In a notification issued by Imran Khan’s signature on PTI’s Twitter account, it has been said that Faisal Vawda has not responded to the party’s show cause notice terminating his basic membership.

Earlier, Leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Faisal Vawda had said that Arshad Sharif’s death is a murder, which was plotted in Pakistan. Many bodies are going to fall in the coming days under the guise of March.

While giving a press conference in Islamabad, Faisal Vawda said that conspirators threatened Arshad Sharif and forced him to leave the country. It is not true that Arshad Sharif was forced out of Dubai. I think Arshad Sharif’s death is not an accident. Yes, I think Arshad was killed from inside the car, he was hit by only two shots, the two shots that hit Arshad Sharif on the chest and head were not fired from a long range, the two shots that hit were fired at close range.

The leader of Tehreek-e-Insaf said that the death of Arshad Sharif was a murder, which was plotted in Pakistan, Arshad Sharif’s mobile phone and laptop will not be found, the evidence has been erased, it was said that Arshad Sharif went to London, but he He did not go to London, those people are behind Kenya’s election for Arshad Sharif, who want to break the country. If my chairman tells something, I will believe it 99%. I was doing.

He said that the peaceful march that Imran Khan is going to do is our democratic right, blood is blood in the long march, funerals are only funerals, the game of dead bodies and blood should be stopped in this country. There was a conspiracy behind it, conspirators against Pakistan are present in Pakistan and are internationally connected, a conspiracy is being hatched under the guise of the Long March narrative, imported personalities and many bodies are going to fall in the coming days under the guise of the march. Say yes but don’t die an innocent death for someone else, I see a lot of blood flowing in the guise of peaceful protest.