ISLAMABAD - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday filed a Civil Miscellaneous Application (CMA) for early hearing of dual nationality case.

Farooq Sattar, leader of parliamentary party of MQM in the National Assembly, through Aitzaz Ahsan filed the application under Order 33, Rule 6 of Supreme Court Rules 1980.

The MQM has already filed a constitutional petition for the interpretation of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, which deal with the qualification and disqualification of a member of the National and Provincial Assemblies and the Senate.

Aitzaz maintained it is yet to be decided as to whether after 20th Amendment the Election Commission of Pakistan could require from the Parliamentarians to furnish fresh affidavit.

It is innovative that Election Commission itself has held that in case a member of National Assembly or Provincial Assemblies or Senate fails to file an affidavit before the ECP by 30th November then he or she will be disqualified, he said.

He stated: “This can and must not be the mandate of law let alone have a constitutional backing.”