Concealing Facts?: ‘Malik still enjoying British citizenship’

Published: May 31, 2012

Sources revealed that Malik left for the UK from Islamabad on a ‘red’ passport. PHOTO: SANA/ FILE

LAHORE: 

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has been attempting to conceal the fact that he still enjoys British citizenship, sources familiar with the matter revealed on Wednesday. They added that the minister does not possess an officially signed and stamped declaration of renunciation, considered as formal evidence.

Malik’s counsel M Azhar Chaudhry told The Express Tribune that his client had submitted an application regarding the citizenship renunciation on April 25, 2008 through mail along with a cheque for £229 as fee. However, he added, an officially signed and stamped copy has not been returned to his client so far.

Sources further revealed that Malik left for the UK from Islamabad on a ‘red’ passport.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (51)

  • Khan
    May 31, 2012 - 8:45AM

    What about the 24 hour notice given to the minister by the supreme court?

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  • Jibran
    May 31, 2012 - 8:48AM

    Who cares, other than the ones with plenty of time and energy to spare.

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  • Truthseeker
    May 31, 2012 - 8:51AM

    Just wondering why these people cannot tell the truth to the country. This guy if lying should be sent to jail

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  • Mirza
    May 31, 2012 - 8:56AM

    How many cases against PML-N and Sharif brothers are in the SC or actively heard in LHC? It could be a good start if the PCO CJ would have ordered through the election commission to ask all members of NA, Senate and PA and not target only one party.

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  • kala_bacha
    May 31, 2012 - 8:58AM

    Definitely he send mail through Pakistan postal service, lolzz these ministers didn’t bother to fools judiciary!

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  • Polpot
    May 31, 2012 - 9:00AM

    “However, he added, an officially signed and stamped copy has not been returned to his client so far.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Typical poor service of HM’s postal service.

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  • samiullah
    May 31, 2012 - 9:28AM

    almost all the technocrats and bureaucrats are foreign paid agents u can c as above

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  • Russianroulette
    May 31, 2012 - 9:29AM

    Dont worry, he like the the other peas in the pod… they will not leave our fields of green without kicking or screaming!

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  • Dark Knight
    May 31, 2012 - 9:39AM

    Haha…..A Pakistani “expected” to give away European citizenship…..Joke of the century.

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  • Imran
    May 31, 2012 - 9:47AM

    This is the time to get rid of this &((^

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  • Hassan Bokhari
    May 31, 2012 - 9:56AM

    Hahahaha…a red passport is a diplomatic passport which he would obviously have since he is the Interior Minister of Pakistan. Before spreading rumors, please correct your facts. Something which Pakistani media always fails to do.

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  • May 31, 2012 - 10:22AM

    What is wrong with keeping dual nationalities? An official should be judged by his competence and fulfillment of responsibilities.

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  • Freedom Seeker
    May 31, 2012 - 10:24AM

    CJ and SC lost their credibility. They just release terrorist on lack of evidence and fail to implement their political judgements.

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  • AD
    May 31, 2012 - 10:33AM

    British are still ruling Pakistan.Recommend

  • Zahid Hussain
    May 31, 2012 - 10:43AM

    An application was sent “by mail”. Confimation of receiving of that application or acceptance or rejection by British Government is being awaited since last four years…. My good God! Is it British Government, or some municipality office of Pakistan?

    What a clever plea designed to dodge our judicial system…

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  • harkol
    May 31, 2012 - 10:52AM

    Did I get this right?? Pakistan’s foreign minister is err… foreigner??

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  • Hasan
    May 31, 2012 - 10:55AM

    If Rehman Malik has lied to the SC should we expect perjury charges to soon follow?

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  • Amir
    May 31, 2012 - 11:01AM

    WEll that is great. Let’s look at the bright side of things.

    We are her majesty’s subject…their citizens running (or ruining) Pakistan. I woud propose we should all then get red passports.

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  • Acorn Guts
    May 31, 2012 - 11:10AM

    I’d rather people like Mr. Malik renounced Pakistani citizenship.

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  • Polpot
    May 31, 2012 - 11:10AM

    Dr Malik still enjoying British Citizenship.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I completely disagree with this.

    In Britain one has to pay Taxes unlike the taxfree Pakistan!
    QED.

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  • MA Khan
    May 31, 2012 - 11:13AM

    @Mirza:

    Dear Mirza Sahib may be you are not aware of the fact the hounouable CJ has already order all provincial assemblies secratries to submit report that who has dual nationality. I have been reading you comments regularly and found you very polarised. Dear you may also be aware of the fact this case has been there SC for a considerable time and Rehman Malik has been advised by the court while he was there in UK through his counsel that he must get official documents to make clear that he is no more UK citizen. But he is all the time cheating the SC and waiting to complete PPP government term so that he can be back his home.

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  • AntiKingClass
    May 31, 2012 - 11:14AM

    Was n’t shaukat aziz a US citizen too?

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  • Umer
    May 31, 2012 - 11:19AM

    .@Hassan Bokhari:
    Red is a British Passport and Blue is diplomatic

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  • AntiKingClass
    May 31, 2012 - 11:34AM

    @ Hassan Bokhari: Very true..Pakistani media is no different from our Pakistani Lawyer community who feel ethics are not made for them..’Think before you speak’ does not apply to them but ‘Never think just speak’ is true for them :)

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  • Usman Lakhani
    May 31, 2012 - 11:44AM

    @Hassan Bokhari:
    Britsh passports are red in colour. Diplomatic passports are some other colour.

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  • Abdul
    May 31, 2012 - 11:51AM

    @Hassan ….. british passport is also red.

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  • AB
    May 31, 2012 - 12:13PM

    No Sir,
    Red passport is a British passport. Diplomats in Pakistan are issued with a blue passport. If 229 pounds fee was paid then this had to be sent via registered mail or through special delivery service and receipt is retained. The parcel can then be traced easily if it was delivered or otherwise.

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  • John B
    May 31, 2012 - 12:38PM

    @harkol:
    And others.

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  • Aik Pakistani
    May 31, 2012 - 1:16PM

    So What? Many of the politicians enjoy this opportunity, which comes ones in life time. His close friend Altaf is one of them. Who is ruling/destroying Karachi being an English passport holder. Ch. Nisar also enjoys his family being an American & so on.

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  • Parvez
    May 31, 2012 - 1:21PM

    Why are people surprised ? Did they expect the truth from him ?

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  • Reality Bites
    May 31, 2012 - 2:00PM

    This man is heading Interior Ministery. If find guilty, can court show the same guts as has shown in Dr. Afridi case and sentence him to prision for 33 years ? Becoz this is a much bigger treason than afridi.

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  • asif ali
    May 31, 2012 - 2:05PM

    a person who has citizenship of british is a minister in pakistan, it seems their is no implemention of law in pakistan. people both residents or foreigner can do any thing in pakistan and play with pakistan. nobody is going to look at matters.

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  • Zamir Malik
    May 31, 2012 - 2:10PM

    @PAKIGHAN: Europe and America are the most developed and ever heard of Canadian Minister in America or any Non German or Non French National to be a part of the Cabinet and at the same time a foreign national????? There is nothing wrong in having a dual nationality but if You are having a Public Office then You must renounce your Foreign Citizenship to Pledge full allegiance to the people who are represented by you. Take the Example of Shaukat Aziz that after getting out of office he give a damn about Pakistan and left Pakistan for good so we want to get rid of all types of these politicians for good so that Pakistan could be a developed state.

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  • Ansari
    May 31, 2012 - 2:33PM

    @Hasan
    I have a diplomat passport and its blue.

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  • aliz
    May 31, 2012 - 3:57PM

    what about his US citizenship ……..

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  • Jibran
    May 31, 2012 - 4:17PM

    @AB:
    No Sir, Red passport is a British passport. Diplomats in Pakistan are issued with a blue passport.

    No to you Sir. Diplomatic passport for Pakistanis is indeed red. Blue passport is for other government employees and officials.

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  • M. Shoaib Zahid
    May 31, 2012 - 4:38PM

    Dear Sirs, Rehman Malik is not ‘all condemned” as you portray him. After all he has served Pakistani people in hard times. In the event of killing spree anywhere, he would come up with strong declaration “Moolzi-moN ko kaifarr kirdar takk pohn-cha dia jai ga”. On any anti-state or any-public activity he would be the first to “take notice”. lolz

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  • Babloo
    May 31, 2012 - 5:00PM

    How many hours left ?

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  • pakistani
    May 31, 2012 - 5:01PM

    how can a foreign citizen with loyalty sworn to the foreign monarch be heading a sensitive interior ministry?

    where does this man’s loyalties lie: pakistan, united kingdom, or himself?Recommend

  • Ali tanoli.
    May 31, 2012 - 5:07PM

    Mr jinnah, Mr Iqbal, Ch Rehmath ali, to every fuedal every big judge sahiban, to MQM leader
    and MNAs all are foriegn citizen why only Mr rehman malik B shop to proved only.

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  • Babloo
    May 31, 2012 - 7:40PM

    Do 24 hours in Pakistan mean the same thing as any other place in the world ?
    Please help.Recommend

  • Mo/CA
    May 31, 2012 - 7:45PM

    Some people are asking what is the matter with keeping dual citizenship… Well nothing is wrong if you’re a common citizen of both countries. But once you hold office you are in. Bit of a dilemma. For example most western countries require allegiance to ther constitution, Renuncement of any foreign title etc, and most importantly support their country in war, or in any capacity that they may require, such as running information and all. Therefore a person holding an office in one country has a conflict of interest in serving since his loyalty is meant to be split with his other country and therefore cannot be trusted with information.

    What happens if a person leaks sensitive information to other countries. If it was just a Pakistani citizen then he/she can be prosecuted in Pakistan. While if the person was a dual citizen he may leave Pakistan or may have protection due to the fact that he is a subject of another country.

    Also instead of just focusing on Rahman Malik, the election commission should investigate all members of national and provincial assemblies, and also run a thorough investigation for future candidates…. I think even some members of PTI had accepted on live shows that they are American citizens…. Again a thorough background check of all is required.

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  • Mo/CA
    May 31, 2012 - 7:47PM

    And yes diplomatic passposrts are blue, with a Pakistani state symbol on top of it. When someone says red passport they mean British, when some one says blue they mean American….

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  • elementary
    May 31, 2012 - 8:17PM

    @harkol:
    No; our “interior”minister is a foriegner and exterior to us:)Recommend

  • Shehnshah
    May 31, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Pakistan’s diplomatic passport is ‘red’, by the way.
    ~SS

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  • Fawad
    May 31, 2012 - 9:00PM

    It is tragic that when major democracies like the United States, Canada, Britain and developing countries like the Philippines and Mexico allow dual citizens to hold public office, the Pakistani Supreme Court has seized itself with yet another political question in which its initial comments appear quite reactionary and out of sync with the community of nations. It is however a welcome sign that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has not only elevated the level of discourse above partisan politics but by acknowledging the right of all dual citizen Pakistanis to run for public office has set the stage for revisiting Article 63(1) (c), parts of which should have been done away with in the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

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  • Zareena
    May 31, 2012 - 9:02PM

    Pakistan Judiciary is trying to become the custodian of democracy. The decision that should be made on the floor of house are made on the table of Judiciary. By striking dual nationality of Farah Naz Ispahani court proved totally partial and biased. They should have left this decision to Parliamentarians. The current proceedings are focused on Article 63(1) (c) of the Constitution. Applied for the first time ever in the March 2012 Senate election, it says, “A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of Parliament, if he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan or acquires the citizenship of a foreign state.” It would be interesting to see how the court interprets the ambiguity around the transitive verb ‘acquires’ in this case. And after that bridge is crossed, the key question would be of the supremacy of parliament and the role of the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairman Senate as custodians of their respective houses as Article 63 (2) states: “If any question arises whether a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) has become disqualified from being a member, the Speaker or, as the case may be, the Chairman shall, unless he decides that no such question has arisen, refer the question to the Election Commission within 30 days and should he fail to do so within the aforesaid period, it shall be deemed to have been referred to the Election Commission.”. The judicial activism is once against playing havoc with this country. They are the custodian of constitution but themselves violating the sanctity of constitution which is hilarious.

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  • Mirza
    May 31, 2012 - 9:22PM

    @MA Khan:
    Thanks a lot Khan Sahib for being nice and polite. What is wrong in asking the parliament or election commission to define the law and then implement it across the board on the same day and time? Why is the SC only hyper against HH and now his family? The definition of justice is it should be just and should appear to be just. This behavior of PCO Judges does not pass the smell test. The highest constitutional and appeals court of the country should not be acting as the lowest court and a magistrate.
    Thanks and regards,
    Mirza

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  • Kanwal
    Jun 1, 2012 - 1:07AM

    Oh well, to enjoy UK, he does not need the passport anyways. He has enough money and masters to take care of him always. Passports are for common people.

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  • Zahid Hussain
    Jun 1, 2012 - 4:17AM

    @Mirza…

    Your concern is justice for all across the board… not to deal with a particular subject, while others remain unattended (as you say) for long time. The fact is our courts; lower, higher, supreme, are flooded with pending litigations awaiting processing/decisions, since years. Statistics do come up from time to time. Reasons behind this state of affairs are various; and cannot be covered in this discussion.

    Under the philosophy that you are advancing, any culprit affected under a court decision can raise similar objection: “why the court has taken up my case, while other similar cases are lying unattended”. Is such a plea maintainable in our legal system? Or elsewhere in international legal sytem?

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  • parvez
    Jun 1, 2012 - 8:41AM

    Its a non issue. Havng had premiers such as Moeen Q and Shaukat Aziz, what are we talking about. I think our money does not hurt, our vote does.

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