ECP imposes fine of Rs 50000 on federal minister Faisal Vawda on non appearing of his counsel in his disqualification case


ISLAMABAD, FEB 09 (ONLINE): Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has imposed fine to the tune of Rs 50000 on federal minister Faisal Vawda on non appearing of his counsel during the course of hearing of his disqualification case.

A 5-member bench of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) led by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) took up for hearing the petitions seeking disqualification of Faisal Vawda Tuesday.

The counsel for the federal minister did not appear before ECP.

The ECP while expressing annoyance over it slapped fine of Rs50000 on him.

During the hearing of the case the petitioner prayed the ECP to restrain Faisal Vawda to work as federal minister and sought time to give arguments.

Member of ECP from Punjab inquired “ you were given the last chance of giving arguments today and you are seeking stay.

The counsel for the petitioner said if you reject my plea then I will offer arguments.

The CEC directed the counsel for the petitioner to give the arguments in the presence of counsel for Faisal Vawda in his disqualification case.

The ECP while ordering that federal minister Faisal Vawda to appear before it in person on next hearing adjourned the hearing of the case till February 24.

It is pertinent to mention here that the federal minister is charged by the petitioner with concealing his dual nationality while filing nomination papers in the general elections 208 besides making wrong declaration before ECP that he does not hold dual nationality. He concealed his US nationality and filed a false affidavit about his nationality. Therefore, he should be disqualified as Member of National Assembly as well as federal minister.