Vawda tenders unconditional apology, SC converts his life time disqualification into one time disqualification

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Senator Faisal Vawda has tendered unconditional apology to Supreme Court (SC) for filing false affidavit about his US citizenship.

He has also resigned from Senate seat.

The court revoked his life time disqualification and converted into one time disqualification for admitting his mistake of submitting the wrong affidavit in dual national case.

A 3-member bench of SC presided over by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial took up for hearing appeal plea filed by Faisal Vawda against the election commission decision about his life time disqualification.

The CJP while addressing Faisal Vawda during the hearing of the case remarked “say it that you were not eligible to become member of assembly as per law of that time. You filed application on June 15, 2018 for quitting US citizenship. But you had not quit citizenship.
If you accept your mistake then you will be considered disqualified from the beginning of the term of this assembly.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah inquired the certificate of leaving citizenship is from what period. When resignation was given from membership of assembly.

Faisal V awda told the court he quit the dual nationality on June 25,2018 while he resigned from the membership of National Assembly on March 30, 2021.

The CJP remarked Faisal Vawda kept membership of National Assembly for three years. It is not the aim of court to humiliate you by calling you here. But you misled all for three years. First of all tender apology before the court and then say I resign. If you offer apology before the court and give resignation with good intent then the disqualification will be considered for five years. Proceedings under section 62/1/F will be initiated against you if you don’t tender apology.

Faisal Vawda stated before the court I tender unconditional apology before court I had no intention to give false statement. It is acceptable to me whatever the order of the court will be.

Justice Ayesha Malik remarked what is being said to you, you should say it yourself before the court.

Faisal Vawda said I admit I gave resignation with good intent by myself. I accept my disqualification under article 63-1/C.

The court while accepting the apology revoked the order of his life time disqualification and wrapped up the matter.