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Poll panel to take legal action against Malik,11 others

Pakistan's Election Commission on Monday announced it would take legal action against 12 lawmakers,including Interior Minister Rehman Malik

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: September 25, 2012 1:05:29 am

Pakistan’s Election Commission on Monday announced it would take legal action against 12 lawmakers,including Interior Minister Rehman Malik,with dual nationality for submitting false declarations about their citizenship during the 2008 polls.

Election Commission Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan told a news conference that the action was being taken in line with an order issued by the Supreme Court last week.

The apex court had disqualified 11 federal and provincial lawmakers and said Malik stands to lose his membership of the Senate or upper house of parliament.

The decision to initiate legal action against the 12 lawmakers was made during a meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim.

The poll panel directed provincial election commissioners to initiate legal action in sessions courts against the 12 lawmakers under Representation of People Act for indulging in “corrupt practices”.

The Election Commission Secretary clarified that Malik had not yet been disqualified as a Senator and that he still held his public office.

Malik’s case had been forwarded by the Supreme Court to Senate Chairman Nayyar Bukhari as the minister had made a false declaration about his citizenship at the time of his election to the Senate in 2008,Khan said.

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