On May 02, 2013, the Supreme Court on Thursday overruled Sindh High Court’s decision and barred PPP’s Murad Ali Shah from contesting elections from PS-73 Dadu in dual nationality case. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, upheld the decisions of Returning Officer and Election Tribunal and declared SHC judgment null and void. The apex court disqualified Shah over his dual nationality. Last month, the Sindh High court allowed the candidate to run for the Sindh Assembly constituency.

It was agreed that under constitutional provisions an adviser was like a minister. The Chief Justice said no denial had been issued on the report, especially on the issue of dual nationality. The post was of a sensitive nature and involved strategic security issues, he added. The additional attorney general admitted that the adviser should meet the prerequisites to become a member of parliament because he had to attend official meetings.

On May, 2013, a seven-member provincial cabinet comprising of Manzoor Hussain Wassan‚ Makhdoom Jamiluz Zaman‚ Ali Nawaz Mahar‚ Dr. Sikander Mangro‚ Sharjeel Inam Memon‚ Mir Hazar Khan Bejarani and Nisar Khoro also took oath. Besides‚ Syed Murad Ali Shah has been appointed advisor to CM on Finance. No TV channel or anchor, either print or TV media, so far has raised this issue that why Murad Ali Shah has been allowed to work as Adviser, he is a proven holder of dual nationality (Canada), an unconstitutional act that should be condemned on all forums. You are requested to raise your concern against this constitutional violation. Save the taxpayers’ money.

A CONCERNED CITIZEN,

Lahore, July 13.