Dual nationality: SC suspends Rehman Malik's Senate membership

Published: June 4, 2012

Bench disregards Malik's documents as 'meaningless', says court's time is being wasted. PHOTO: SANA/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan suspended the Senate membership of Interior Minister Rehman Malik while hearing the dual nationality case on Monday, reported Express News.

During the hearing, Malik’s lawyer presented his client’s declaration of renouncing his British nationality, but the three-member bench disregarded the documents as ‘meaningless’ and remarked that the documents were not what the bench asked for.

The bench added that documents suggest that Malik was holding dual nationality at the time when he became a member of the Senate.

“The court orders are being ridiculed… Why required documents were not submitted to the court,” Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed in an interim order.

Express News correspondent Sabur Ali reported that Malik’s lawyer claimed that he had submitted the required documents in the court, but failed to submit any evidence of Malik renouncing his British nationality during the hearing.

The attorney general argued that the Supreme Court is not the competent authority to disqualify or suspend anyone’s membership and the court’s suspension of Farahnaz Ipahani’s National Assembly membership was also incorrect.

Malik’s lawyer had submitted an affidavit before the court earlier stating that he renounced his British citizenship in 2008, but has failed to produce the required evidence. The court maintained that there was discrepancy in the dates submitted in the documents and the court was being misled.

The Supreme Court admitted another application against the dual nationality held by 17 other parliamentarians, including Hafeez Shaikh, Khwaja Asif and Sabir Baloch.

The apex court adjourned the case hearing till June 13.

Earlier, the Supreme Court suspended the National Assembly membership of Farahnaz Ispahani, media adviser to President Asif Ali Zardari, for holding a US citizenship and warned Malik over the matter too.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi, who alleged that Rehman Malik held British nationality.

Reader Comments (106)

  • ayesha azeem
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:13PM

    Very well done Supreme Court of Pakistan….Recommend

  • imran
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:18PM

    now can PTI remove their women head, she is a USA citizen.

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:21PM

    Oh My God!! hahaha

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:23PM

    If this trend will continue then not only members of PPP but Half of PTI will be disqualified before elections and many of PMLN members too. Moreover some members of MQM too.. Miss Fauzia Kasuri a women head spent most of her life in America and she also hold American Green Card and many of the senior PTI members are foreign nationals. I think all parties PMLN, PPP and PTI should make a new rule that from now on no one with dual nationality could hold office. There is nothing wrong in having a dual nationality but if you want to hold Public office then you must be a Pakistani national so your priorities will only lie in Pakistan then.

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  • Ayaz Khan
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:27PM

    ‘The Clash of Titans’ lets see what happens

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  • DavidL
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:29PM

    How can he love this country?how can he think about our good and bad?It proves he is corrupt,liar.He is simply a traitor.Very good decision by SC

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  • Parvez
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:30PM

    This is not just legally right but morally right as well.

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  • asim
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Why this decision NOW? Honorable CJ?

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  • curious
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:34PM

    I wish old politicians in Pakistan men and women would stop dying their hair. Come on, get real, having grey hair is respectable.

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  • Mr. Honest
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:35PM

    Good riddance.

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  • neelam
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:35PM

    SC cannot suspend membership of a parliamentarian. its illegal. SC z highly politicized institution.

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  • Uza Syed
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:35PM

    “The Supreme Court is not the competent authority to disqualify or suspend anyone’s membership and the court’s suspension of Farahnaz Ipahani’s National Assembly membership was also incorrect.”—— The attorney general. Perod.

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  • Jun 4, 2012 - 3:37PM

    That’s Really Sweet News..in Hot Weather …Thank you SC !!

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  • M Usama Kabbir
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:40PM

    Pakistan’s Constitution given NO Power to SC to suspend membership of Parliamentarians and Senators directly. Shame.

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  • Walla
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:41PM

    GODDAMMIT! He was the most entertaining of them all.

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  • Fareed
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:41PM

    And the Raiwind Hitman strikes again. Punished for
    re opening cases against shareefs and starting investigations against the corrupt son.

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  • Jun 4, 2012 - 3:43PM

    Do we have clear laws in place? If yes, why don’t people follow them? Rehman Malik’s membership is NOW being suspended after all these years?! Where was the check & balance system earlier?

    THIS is meaningless, since their term is about to end anyway.

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  • Mr T
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:47PM

    Really SC, after nearly 5 years??? We Pakistanis laud your timely action.

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  • John, the atheist
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:48PM

    pakistan has become a joke.. no clue who is real and who is fake…

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  • Much Amused
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:48PM

    Two down. Hundreds more to go.

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  • Jun 4, 2012 - 3:52PM

    Definitely a good decision.

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  • S.syed
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:00PM

    You are only hope, keep it up

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  • S.syed
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:01PM

    You are our only hope, keep it up

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  • Syed Noman Hussain
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:02PM

    Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep heading towards true democracy…………………

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  • Polpot
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:02PM

    It is reported that another 14 MNAs hold dual nationality including the Finance Manager.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Aristotle
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:09PM

    Welldone Supreme Court…Now check them also who laundered money abroad…

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  • Rizwan Gondal
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:11PM

    It will trigger another constitutional debate. Thanx to the Supreme Court we are never short of juicy issues!!

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  • sane voice
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:14PM

    next news item………………..he has been appointed as advisor to PM on internal affairs.

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  • imran
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:19PM

    so is he still the interior minister?

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  • Ice age
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:20PM

    Will he still be The Ineterior Minister of Pakistan.

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  • Larki Desi
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:22PM

    dear R M are you a british citizen or not? Its a simple clear question. If you are not a british citizen prrov it. Thats all the court is asking no more no less.
    Larkidesi @twitter

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  • dv sikka
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:23PM

    Did 1947 azadi meant azadi from MORALITY. Zardari owes an apology to the nation for having such people as members in the cabinet. please do have some respect for the honour of Pakistan. Having people with split patriotism is not a good.

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  • Ali Mehdi
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Is this still a half judgement. Please write that he is no longer an Interior Minister.

    Same the bench earlier wasted time of the nation PM contempt case.

    Honestly this CJ should resign on its judgement. He proved that he has no power in premiere case. The clerk sitting in Wapda has more power than CJ of Pakistan

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:27PM

    Do not be surprised if you find he is not a Pakistani national.

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  • Abid ali
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Go Rehamn Malik go back to UK

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  • Ahmed HM
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:29PM

    SC zindabad. His place is behind bars or outside the country.

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:31PM

    I will jump with joy if the same is done for approximately 5 Nos. PML(N) parliamentarians.

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  • Jay
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:32PM

    Interior Malik is the voice of the ordinary people of Pakistan. He lives such a simple and humble life. Why do the courts always victimize PPP? First ZAB Bhutto. Then Shaheed Mohtarma Bhutto.Then PM Gilani Bhutto. Now Dr.Rehman Malik. This is a conspiracy against democracy and PPP.

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  • FaiselH
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:33PM

    All our Institutions are in Connivance. And full of Incompetence. Corruption is only a side kick.

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  • Nadeem
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Good, now please don’t retreat from this decision.

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  • Bilal
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:39PM

    wow after four years they realized that they have people in government who have dual nationality, better late than never:)

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:46PM

    @Dinky Mind: Mr Dinky Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi was the person who filed this petition. It is not a sou moto action. If you think that others are sleeping then why not file a case against the remaining MNAs and MPAs of Pakistan. We cannot blame the SC but we have to blame ourselves that we are not bringing case against these Politicians.

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  • observer (UK)
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:50PM

    The judgement of the SC will be welcomed across the country. When he was challenged to prove he does not hold dual nationality he, without giving a serious thought, made a false declaration that he had renounced his British nationality in 2008. He thought he would get away with it. It only appeared from recent news reports that he formally lodged an application with British Home Office to renounce his British nationality only a couple of weeks ago.
    To make a false declaration before a court whether they are British or Pakistani is an offence which may lead to a jail sentence.Recommend

  • imtiaz gul
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:53PM

    Why cant the Supreme Court ask the British authorities for a proof of Rehman Malik’s British nationality, I wonder?

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  • ishrat salim
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:07PM

    Great…this is just great…if no other institution takes action..SC is the only institution which people are approaching for justice…if MPs lie even thru affidavit…what EC can do ? Ms Farah Naz & all others alike shud also be punished bcz they lied ( mis-declared while filing nomination paper in EC with affidavit ) then taking oath as being citizen of Pakistan only….& Abdul Qadir ( AG ) instead of assisting the court is defending the accused…he shud be suspended to for his continued defence of accused persons….Recommend

  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:18PM

    @Mohammad: Why not file a petition against them???. This is the result of one person who filed petition against Farah Naz and Rehman Malik. So if you want it to be done with other parties so bring a case in court against them Recommend

  • AAM Shehri
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:22PM

    @imran:
    PTI has no obligation as she is not an appointed public servant or holding a public office.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:22PM

    strange country a non muslim can not be an office holder whereas non Pakistani’s can be an office holder. All these non Pakistani passport holders are holding good position does it means that Ghaar ki murgi Daal brabar.

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:29PM

    more overseas pakistanis are more dedicated anf honest except the person in this case and this is a slap in the face for their sacrifice and willingness to give up everything to come up and serve this country.
    sc has so many other issues corruption, target killings and baluchistan killings it should use its time wisely and not go on political expeditions.Recommend

  • anwar
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Yahoo!!!!!

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:33PM

    PPP leaders are punished for those things which are not criminal. Does it mean during last four years they didn’t do anything bad. SC is not punishing them, its on their side.

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:33PM

    now can PTI remove their women head, she is a USA citizen.

    What a stupid/silly argument is this? Is she a MNA/Senate member? Get a life dude.

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:43PM

    @Imran Mohammad: This argument is absolutely right. She is running PTI as a member of CEC and she is a senior member of PTI. She is not even a Pakistani national and she is running a Pakistani Party????. The woman who spend most of her time in America what does she know about Pakistan. ????. There are many Pakistani Middle class women living in pakistan who can run PTI in a better manner if given a chance. So stop defending this stupidity of PTI. If you want to do politics in pakistan then be a Pakistani or else you have every right to leave Pakistan.

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  • Raza
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:43PM

    @M.Aswad Mehatb:
    Would have been better I you say cool news in hot weather.Recommend

  • Very 1
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:47PM

    Hmmm. Timing and sequence of decisions.
    Are you thinking what I’m thinking? If SC had Pursued some cases pending against non PPP people it would regain credibility.

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  • Raza
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:47PM

    What about party leaders who have dual nationality. You know what I mean.Recommend

  • AV Bhagowal
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:54PM

    The Supreme Court should tread the path of confrontation with those entrenched from many
    sides in a measured way.A few issues, very critical and far-reaching in their implications for
    the state ,should be focused and pursued for final action . Merely diluting its authority through stubborn resistance and clever manipulation by politicians and bureaucrats,would only compromise the courts’ present position as pivotal to future culture of politics and civic responsibilities.I am sure all sou motto cases and other applications from fame-seekers are duly analysed internally for a likely decision and its impact on the government before allocating court,s energies on them.Otherwise, it would result only in boosting of ego or waste of valuable judicial time.In the present case also no body would go home and things would continue in the
    manner as in the past.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:59PM

    PTI is the only political force which will never lose its parliament member on these grounds. It will boycott elections to avoid any future controversy. No member, no suspension.

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  • A.S.
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:59PM

    Dual nationality is an important way for our people to learn from the western hemisphere and teach our own people GOOD things. If AQ Khan did not have European connections he would have had a more difficult time helping our country. Use your common sense people and don’t restrict the options and freedoms of your country. Permit not only dual nationality but triple nationality so people can be helpful and good to one another.

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:09PM

    @Ordinary Villager Does constitution disqualifies her from being a office holder in a political party? Now, if she runs for MNA/Senate seat, she MUST renounce her other citizenship if any, no one can and should argue against it. End of discussion.

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  • imran
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:17PM

    @Imran Mohammad:
    read the constitution first. It says

    no foreigner can RUN for public office, get your facts right before commenting.Recommend

  • A. Khan
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:21PM

    There should be another clause that the renunciation is irrevocable. This is because British laws allow a citizen to claim back citizenship even after renunciation. So did Malik make a declaration that is irrevocable ?

    Also, its interesting that from the initial position that he (Malik) dids not hold dual citizenship now he is claiming that he renounced it. Recommend

  • A. Khan
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:23PM

    To the individual claiming that same rule should be applied to PTI chairperson. PTI is not in power and the said individual does hold public office, unlike the PPP where this is second example. I wonder how many more there are.

    There should be another rule for EC of Pakistan. Any one wishing to stand for public should have spent minimum of 4 years out of 5 preceding years physically in Pakistan. That should sort out this mess.

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  • Sana Khan (PTI)
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:23PM

    Only Pakistani Nationals have the right to be the office bearers, Enough with Suitcase lot.

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  • Mir Jalbani
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:28PM

    Mr. Bilal Bhutto Zardari has recently appeared in an interview where he said, “Pakistan had now restored an independent judiciary and the first democratically elected government of Pakistan intended to uphold the rule of law”.( By APP Published: June 4, 2012)

    At the one side Chairman of Party is talking about the self-esteem of Judiciary and at the second end government is not ready to accept any decision of Supreme Court, and so we can imagine that what will be with decision? Let see what will happen ?Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahsan Khan
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:32PM

    Dual Nationality,

    It is very common to mix nationality with citizenship. These two words are used as synonyms. But this is not true and they differ in many aspects. Since we are very much attached to our past when we had been colonised by Unite-Kingdom, we had been the citizens of UK but the nationals of India.

    Presently, citizenship of UK is basically composed of the NATIONS of England, Wales, Scotland and a part of Ireland.

    The Indians, Pakistanis and etc. may obtain UK citizenship but their nationality will remain the origin of their birth and the origin of their parents. Any Indian/Pakistani will belong to his nationality no matter what citizenship he/she has chosen to live in.

    It is clear that Mr. Malik does not have two nationalities but two citizenships. Certainly, he belongs to the nation of Pakistan

    In case of dual or multiple citizenship, the person concerned has to decide in which country he wishes to exercise his civil, political and governmental rights.

    Mr. Malik has every right to be a Pakistani (nation) and citizen of UK and Pakistan. He is entitled to exercise political obligations in Pakistan as long as he forbids himself to do the same in UK.Recommend

  • Imran Mohammad
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:41PM

    read the constitution first. It says
    no foreigner can RUN for public
    office, get your facts right before
    commenting.

    @imran Is political party wing a PUBLIC OFFICE??????? Has she announced she is running for PUBLIC OFFICE??? I would say get some education before commenting.

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  • ishrat salim
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:49PM

    Reply to Ordinary villager….why does Pakistan appoint ” American Lobbiyist ” for PR purposes ?..do they know Pakistan ? & they hv been a failure throughtout….not one problem has been solved by them yet millions of taxpayers money is dolled-out….Recommend

  • abc
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:51PM

    Rehman Malik is not the first, last, or only British citizen of Pakistani origin.

    There are many more:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:BritishpeopleofPakistanidescent

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Now, Pakistanis will see how many of their leaders will choose foreign nationality over nation.

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  • Jun 4, 2012 - 7:08PM

    Why dual national was allowed to become the member of senate and interior Minister who has been blame to to creates law and order situation in Baluchistan and Karachi. The court has committed much leniency and provide opportunity to Mr Malick to stay in his post for about 4 years.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jun 4, 2012 - 7:10PM

    The PMLN and MQM dual national holders still sitting in those assembliess dear PCO CJ. But of course they are loyal dual citizens.

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  • Azad
    Jun 4, 2012 - 7:22PM

    The cat is out of the bag. Elite with their progeny on both sides of the border have brought insurance policy by having citizenship , green cards and bank deposits in western countries. Meanwhile the same elite are hyper nationalists and jingoists in their public pronouncements.The same situation applies to Ms Sonia Gandhi who kept her Italian citizenship intact till Rajiv Gandhi became the PM. Elite in both sides of the border share the same characteristics, They are westernized and have their children educated in the West while propagating extreme indigenous ideology for benefit of the gullible uneducated public.

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  • akhtar
    Jun 4, 2012 - 7:23PM

    @imran @ordianary villager
    Just shows how both of u r afraid of pti..
    ur comments were plain dumb

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  • Mirza
    Jun 4, 2012 - 7:35PM

    The SC wanted to undo the elected govt and delegitimize election results as it history proves. They have tried Memo, PM’s contempt now it is dual nationality all of a sudden after four long years. Yet they started with two prominent PPP leaders. The other parties are enjoying the protection for some more time till they manufacture the required documents. The constitution holds parliament supreme and no other institution is above the elected parliament. The unelected paid govt servants on extension, the PCO judges cannot interfere in elected parliament. Only the leader of the senate and speaker of the house can make that decision.
    The PCO SC did not disqualify IG FC for ignoring the court orders repeatedly. No generals have ever been asked to appear before the court . When is the court going to pay attentions to the cases pending for decades like Mehran Bank, Asghar Khan ISI bribes, M. Mai, to name a few?Recommend

  • Naeem Khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jun 4, 2012 - 7:59PM

    @ ordinary villager, holding a green card does not require oath of allegiance but citizenship does. Those who hold citizenship of other countries should never be allowed to vote or to hold an elected office. Pakistan is a lawless country and the proof is apparent where a Supreme Courts orders are ignored day in and day out of this so called democratically elected thugs. They are there to loot the country and then fly the coop, this is the biggest reason Pakistan has been in trouble economically and politically because of these people who has no allegiance to the well-being of Pakistan.

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  • YP Toronto
    Jun 4, 2012 - 8:06PM

    @imran:
    FYI she is holding party position not government position.

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  • Jun 4, 2012 - 8:08PM

    So, When is PTI amending the constitution, barring and removing dual-nationality holders from its ranks?

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  • ahsan
    Jun 4, 2012 - 8:13PM

    Nothing will happen to this guy also. All are ….

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  • Pagla
    Jun 4, 2012 - 8:59PM

    @imran:
    Theres a diference between party rules and country rules Recommend

  • Syed Hamid Ahmed
    Jun 4, 2012 - 9:10PM

    There may be legitimate case against Malik, but SC should and must follow Standard procedures. Once “unprecedented” procedures are followed then the practice not only amount to denial of justice, it also implies the existence of bias against the defendant and SC Judges must be free of bias. Justice must be done in fair and equitable manner. In our lives, we all may has lost/misplaced one or more important documents, this does not mean that those documents never existed. A sworn affidavit is a standard acceptable form of proof in such cases. Courts do accept this form of evidence and SC must accept this affidavit until unless it is proven false, in such case Malik should be punished for submitting false affidavit. Also, in case dates are off within reasonable limits of memory lapse then it should not be considered misleading the SC. Anyway, jumping to conclusion is not just, it only confirms bias. All those who applauding this for their short term selfish reasons, must remember what will happen if they lose some important document? If a wrong interpretation is used to convict the person whom I dislike, later the same interpretation can be used to convict me.
    We all must stand for justice, the fair and equitable justice for all, including the people we don’t like.

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  • crazy guy
    Jun 4, 2012 - 9:31PM

    Now he can be called as the British citizen + Interior Minister of Pakistan

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  • DevilHunterX
    Jun 4, 2012 - 9:32PM

    the sweet sweet tears of PPP jiyalas on this forum

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 4, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Well we have had prime ministers who were dual nationals as well……Shaukat Aziz and Moin Qureshi….come to mind.. Why didn’t the CJ take any action against Shaukat Aziz when he was a sitting prime minister?

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 4, 2012 - 10:21PM

    ET is a very nice newspaper that they never approve my reply to my Lovely, beautiful and tender PTI Jialas. Anyway I have one Question to all of them that if Fauzia Kasuri have the right to hold office in PTI then why Mr Imran Khan criticize Mr Altaf Hussain for his British Passport. Altaf Bhai dont hold Any Public Office so According to PTI he has every right to do politics as foreign national. Is it confusion or hypocrisy of PTI then?

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  • Nazia Imran
    Jun 4, 2012 - 10:45PM

    I wish ET had a “DISLIKE” button!

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  • Zahid Hussain
    Jun 4, 2012 - 10:52PM

    @imtiaz gul:

    Why feel perplexed? Onus of proof lies on Malik Sahib; SC has no business to collect information on his behalf. He was given enough of opportunity to clarify his position with documents. Better please have acquaintance with legal process/rules before making such suggestions. Regards

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  • sam
    Jun 4, 2012 - 11:38PM

    Why people can’t digest supreme court’s decisions. This law is made by legislators by themselves for themselves, and they should follow it. Supreme court decide according to law, but opponents has started floating court’s decision. Alas!

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  • Umer
    Jun 4, 2012 - 11:41PM

    LOL…Rehman Malik loses British Nationality as well as the senate seat.

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  • Waiting
    Jun 5, 2012 - 12:04AM

    Seriously who cares?

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  • Omar Malik
    Jun 5, 2012 - 12:35AM

    What really needs to be done is that a case needs to be filed against the Election Commission officials who allowed for these dual nationality holders to be elected to the Parliament/Senate in the first place. They are the ones who have neglected their duty!

    Worst case – I think that these dual nationality holders should be punished by a simple solution. Revoke their Pakistani citizenship so that they may never rule us again. They’ve already sworn allegiance to another country when taking up citizenship. Lets get rid of them once and for all.

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  • A
    Jun 5, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Mr. Imran, she is the party member not senate. Before making comment make sure you analyse the context complete.@imran:

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  • Aftab
    Jun 5, 2012 - 3:31AM

    I’m glad this individual has been suspended, hopefully permanently. This government is riddled with corruption and law breaking. Vote for Imran Khan if you want to save the country. The rest are as bad as each other. Time for a revolution

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  • Aftab
    Jun 5, 2012 - 3:39AM

    @M Usama Kabbir:
    The supreme court exists to interpret the law and constitution is a truly democratic system. Courts should be scrapped if their decisions are not accepted. If their word is not final in regards to the law, then whose is?

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  • Selvam
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:10AM

    How about the rest of the public establishment? The military, the bureaucracy, the police, the judges themselves? Any dual nationalities around?

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  • Coma Cat
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:27AM

    @Ordinary Villager:
    Firstly, accusing ET of being pro PTI when they don’t even run the Pindi Jalsa coverage on it’s main page is an indicator of your bias but I’ll let that one slide to address your illogical comments. Imran Khan, in his capacity as the Leader of PTI, criticised the Leader of MQM over his decision of pursuing politics from abroad (not taking into account his British passport) when Karachi is such a fireball of sectarian and ethnic crises. Imran criticises the “passion” with which he inflames the average ‘Mohajir’ with nationalist tendencies only to leave him in front of the gun when the time comes, thus effectively ensuring his safety at all times even though he is very vocal in Karachi’s politics where thousands have perished at the hands of political thugs of every calibre. In such a scenario, the least you can do is to embrace the ground on which people have given their lives protecting you and your cronies.Recommend

  • Mehran
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:03AM

    What about foreign national head of PARTY? Do SC dare to ask MQM remove Altaf Bhai a British national as head of Party? How on earth a foreign national be head of Pakistan based party? Justice should be done.

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  • Mehran
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:07AM

    Why every one missed that it is not uncomman in Pakistan in having foreign nationals to be head of party. Dont forget Altaf Bhai. What does SC say on this matter? What’s your opinion? Does he have right to lead party being a British national? Pls guide me what does our law says on this matter?

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:53AM

    SC will again face humiliation as happend in case of PM .
    Speaker will decide the fate of Malik and since EC had allowed him to contest the election therfore speaker has to respect the public dicision .

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  • Zalim Singh
    Jun 5, 2012 - 8:07AM

    cool

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  • Jun 5, 2012 - 9:45AM

    even dual citizenship should be banned

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 5, 2012 - 9:47AM

    The PCO Judges will be again humiliated as in the case of P M Gilani . EC should be held responsible for allowing such people to contest election .

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  • Hasan
    Jun 5, 2012 - 11:20AM

    @imran:
    Running for ‘Public Office’ and ‘Office Holder’ are two separate (different) things. Please don’t try and interpret formal English language without the necessary skill set.

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  • ishrat salim
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Reply to Hasan…absolutely correct…same as ” dual nationals & citizenship ” & ” dual nationals & expats “…same as EC & SC …it is EC`s responsibility to hv verified the forms not SC`s fault who hv been petitioned to look into this issue…like many are questioning SC for taking up this case after 4 yrs, some hv questioned the timing of this case without going into details like – when was this issue petitioned etc; & who petitioned it ? it is observed that people like to comment just for the sake of commenting…& that too with sweeping statements…which shows that ” we hv gone intellectually bankrupt “.When Parliament fails ( it has failed in almost all issues – not one issue has been resolved as per Parliamentary resolution )…SC is forced to takeup issues when concerned citizens submits petition on important issues…Recommend

  • Tahmina
    Jun 7, 2012 - 3:35AM

    Politicians above the law, that is the diktat of the current regime. Anyone holding dual nationality should not hold public office as it opens doors for corruption, commit crimes then run away in the protection of another country, enjoy your bounty and come again if and when the same regime takes its turn to rule. This is the irony of Pakistan, the rule needs to apply to all members irrespective of political affiliation. It’s the judiciary and election commission of Pakistan that need to take charge here, Parliament cannot enforce these rules – they are neither executive nor judiciary.

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  • O B Server
    Jun 7, 2012 - 9:02AM

    How about banning money remittance from dual nationality holders!!!

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