PTI asks ECP to take action against dual national MPs


The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take action against those legislators who had accepted holding dual nationality and resigned from their respective assemblies, Pakistan Today has learnt. “A PTI delegation led by Jahangir Khan Tareen called on ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan, and conveyed the party’s concerns over inaction by the ECP and sought a detailed response on its request. The PTI delegation included me and Syed Javed,” PTI leader Ishaq Khan Khakwani said. The delegation also sought a progress report from the ECP over the evidence provided to it about the misuse of funds and violation of the code of conduct for elections by leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). “The PTI delegation also urged the ECP secretary to start disciplinary proceedings against 35 dual national parliamentarians who had resigned from the parliament membership,” he added. He said that the PTI delegation expressed its concerns over the inability of the ECP to take legal action against those former MPs who had been exposed as dual nationals. The PTI leaders urged the ECP to seek data from FIA’s record, as all people use passports for foreign travel and the FIA data could easily detect dual national MPs. The PTI delegation also asked the ECP secretary to take action against those ECP officials who were working on extension. They also urged the ECP to allow overseas Pakistanis to exercise their right to vote through electronic machines. They said that if people could make transactions of billions of rupees through electronic gadgets, why not the same could be used for voting.