The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld, in a landmark judgment, the contention of petitioners who had challenged the eligibility of those lawmakers who were holding dual nationality and declared them disqualified for being members of the august houses, the Parliament as well as the provincial assemblies. The three-member bench was headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and included Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain. The ruling affects, apart from Interior Minister and Senator Rehman Malik, ten members of Parliament, five from the Punjab Assembly and two from the Sindh Assembly. The disqualified lawmakers have also to be prosecuted under the law for making false declarations while contesting elections and have been ordered to pay back all the monetary benefits they received while serving in their capacities as members of legislative assemblies. Article 63(I)(c) of the constitution clearly states, “A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan, or acquires the citizenship of a foreign State.” In acting against the holders of dual nationality, the court has shown consistency in upholding the law and constitution.The short order makes a pointed reference to Minister Rehman Malik saying that he made a false declaration while filing nomination papers for elections to the Senate in 2008 and, therefore, cannot be considered sagacious, righteous, honest and ameen as required in an Act of Parliament of 1976. Though Mr Malik did produce papers renouncing his British citizenship and became a Senator in a bye-election, he has been disqualified for making a false statement in 2008 and not being honest, ameen, etc., would not entitle him to stand for election in the future. Thus, the argument by some government members that the judges have over-reached their authority in trying to bring down the coalition does not hold water. The court referred his to the Senate Chairman at the same time asked the Election Commission to begin legal proceedings against him, as in the case of other disqualified legislators.