Interior Minister Rehman Malik seems to be in hot water again over his alleged dual nationality status.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Malik’s counsel to produce the renunciation certificate issued by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and sought a fresh record of his election as a senator from the Election Commission of Pakistan by October 2.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry questioned Malik had been elected on the new renunciation certificate.
The minister’s counsel Anwar Mansoor told the bench that Malik ceased to be a British citizen after May 29 this year. He added his client had applied for the renunciation of his UK citizenship on April 25, 2008, but the UKBA did not immediately respond. The CJ asked him if he didn’t find it strange that his client paid the required fee for it this year.
The chief justice directed authorities to issue notices again to parliamentarians holding dual citizenship, but who have not appeared before the court so far.
The case was adjourned till October 2.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2012.