Disqualification reference
against Ishaq Dar filed,
matter is malafide; sources

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ISLAMABAD: A disqualification reference was filed against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday.

Advocate Azhar Siddique filed the reference requesting the ECP to disqualify Ishaq Dar as a senator.

He stated in the reference that a court declared the PML-N senator-elect as a defaulter in the case of appointment of Attaul Haq Qasmi as the chairperson and managing director of Pakistan Television (PTV).

The Senate chairman is bound to send a disqualification reference to the Election Commission under Article 63 of the countrys Constitution but he has not done so, he lamented.

Former finance minister Ishaq Dar

Siddique pleaded with the ECP to disqualify Dar as a member of the upper house of Parliament.

Ishaq Dar was elected as a senator on a technocrat seat from Punjab in 2018. He could not take oath due to his stay in London. However, the SC suspended his membership over his failure to appear in court on May 8, 2018.

No response was reported from PM-N leader and Senator Ishaq Dar in this regard till filing this report on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the sources in London have commented that the review is pending in the Supreme Court and the SC Order has not attained finality. The complaint is malafide as matter is sub-judice.

“When and if ECP communicates, the legal response will be deposited with them”; the sources added.