Malik files papers for Senate
By: Habib Khan Ghori
KARACHI: Adviser to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik submitted on Friday nomination papers for a Senate seat from Sindh. The seat had fallen vacant when Mr Malik resigned from the upper house of parliament over the issue of dual nationality.
Friday was the last day for filing nominations and by the end of the office hours nobody else filed papers with Sindh’s Election Commissioner Sono Khan Baloch. As per the election schedule, the nomination papers would be scrutinised on Monday and if the same were found in order Mr Malik would be declared elected unopposed.
Mr Malik’s name was proposed by MPAs Ghulam Mujaddid Isran, Muzaffar Ali Shajra and Muhammad Sajid, and seconded by Ayaz Soomro, Nargis N.D. Khan and Nadeem Bhutto. Accompanied by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Islamuddin Shaikh, Raza Haroon, Dr Saghir Ahmad and those who proposed and backed his nomination, Mr Malik went to the election commissioner’s office and submitted three nomination papers.
Talking to media persons later, Mr Malik said he had given up his British citizenship. “I have submitted a certificate issued by the British government in support of the proof that I am no more a British citizen.”