ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top judge, hearing a petition against parliamentarians alleged to be holding foreign passports, has said that the constitution cannot be amended for a handful of people, DawnNews reported.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary, Justice Jawad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, was hearing the case here Thursday filed by petitioner Advocate Waheed Anjum.
Anjum has accused 14 parliamentarians and members of the provincial assemblies from the PPP, PML-N and MQM of having foreign passports.
During today’s proceedings, Anjum filed evidence for MPA Zahid Iqbal’s British citizenship in court. The court, during the last hearing, had ordered MNA Zahid Iqbal to deposit his passports to the SC registrar which would be available for inspection of the petitioner.
The documents for MPA Tariq Alwana’s foreign citizenship were also submitted in court today.
The chief justice clearly mentioned in his remarks that the bench would not wait any further for any parliamentarian to appear before the court.
He also added that for a few people the constitution cannot be changed. The constitution could not be negated due to international laws either, said the chief justice.
During the previous hearing on June 13, the apex court had to drop the proceedings against six parliamentarians since no substantiated evidence could be produced against PML-N MNAs Khawaja Asif and Anusha Rehman, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Deputy Chairman of the Senate Sabir Ali Baloch, PPP’s MPA Tariq Mehmood Alloana and MNA Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazeer.
However, the court suspended memberships of legislators Amna Buttar and Muhammad Akhlaq (US) and Dr Ahmed Ali Shah (UK) for having dual nationality.
The court has already earlier suspended the membership of Former Interior Minister Rehman Malik, as well as PPP leader Farahnaz Isphahani, who Former Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani’s wife.
Thursday’s hearing was subsequently adjourned until Monday, June 25, 2012.