Pakistan Today (Lahore)

Disqualifi­cation of Dar from Senate sought


A disqualifi­cation reference was filed against Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-N) senator Ishaq Dar with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday. The petitioner, Azhar Siddique, filed the reference requesting the commission to disqualify the former finance minister as a member of the Senate. He said a court declared the opposition senator-elect as a defaulter in the case of appointmen­t of columnist Atta ul-haq Qasmi as the managing director of state-run Pakistan Television Corporatio­n. The Senate chairman is bound to send a disqualifi­cation reference to the Commission under Article 63 of the Constituti­on but he has failed to do so, he lamented. Siddique pleaded with the body to disqualify Dar. Dar, who is in self-exile since 2017, was elected in absentia as a senator on a technocrat seat from Punjab in March 2018 but did not take oath due to his stay in London. The Supreme Court disqualifi­ed him from office in July 2017 after an investigat­ion into the undisclose­d wealth of now-deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

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