ISLAMABAD, A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while hearing the case pertaining to the dual nationality of parliamentarians, suspended Senate membership of Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
During the hearing here on Monday, the bench said that the membership has been suspended since interior minister Rehman Malik failed to provide documents subjected to his abandonment of UK citizenship.
Malik had claimed that he had forfeited his British citizenship but failed to provide sufficient documents to the SC in this regard.
The court orders are being ridiculed Why required documents were not submitted to the court, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed in an interim order.
The court has also terminated National Assembly membership of Farah Naz Isfahhani the wife of Pakistan s former ambassador in US, Hussain Haqqani in the same case.
Apart from Farahnaz Ispahani and Rehman Malik, a new petition submitted on Monday also names fourteen other parliamentarians and MPAs holding dual nationalities.
These lawmakers which include Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Deputy Chairman Senate Sabir Baloch and PML-N MNA Khawaja Asif have been issued notices by the Supreme Court. The SC adjourned the case hearing till June 13.
It is pertinent to mention here that prominent TV anchor, Dr. Shahid Masood also filed a petition against Malik, stating that the minister was having UK nationality and the Britain had appointed him country s honorary counselor in Niger, a republic in West Africa. Masood, through his plea, requested for being a party in the case.