SC revokes Faisal Vawda’s lifetime disqualification after he apologises unconditionally
The Supreme Court on Friday revoked the lifetime disqualification on former PTI leader Faisal Vawda after he tendered an unconditional apology before the court.
Yesterday, the SC had given two options to the former federal minister, either to admit his mistake and be disqualified under Article 63(1)(c) or else the court would punish him for life under Article 62(1)(f).
“If you apologise before the court with good intentions, then your disqualification will be limited to five years. In case you do not resign, then the court will proceed under Article 62(1)(f).” CJP said.
Faisal Wada had approached the Supreme Court after being disqualified by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in January after the Islamabad High Court rejected the petition against his disqualification.
A 3-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial comprising Justice Ayesha Malik and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah heard the former senator’s petition.
During today’s hearing, Faisal Wada admitted his mistake of submitting a false affidavit of concealing his US citizenship. He resigned from the seat of Senate and apologised to the SC over the issue, on which the court declared Faisal Wada ineligible for the current parliament’s term.
As Vawda agreed to the unconditional apology and tendering his resignation, the court revoked the lifetime ban and allowed him to contest in the next elections.
Notably, the Election Commission of Pakistan had disqualified Vawda in February for concealing his US citizenship and directed him to return the salary and other benefits he had received as a minister and as a member of the National Assembly, within two months. It had also de-notified him as a senator.