Interior Minister Rehman Malik claims he has given up his British nationality, but insisted that holding dual nationality is not a crime under Pakistani law.
The interior minister, now with the prime minister in London, had submitted a written statement through Attorney General Irfan Qadir before a two-judge bench of the apex court.
Malik said he had given up his British nationality on March 25, 2008, before holding public office.
“I given up my British nationality ... I thus do not hold any other citizenship, including British nationality, except that of Pakistan,” Malik said.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked Malik’s lawyer Azhar Chaudhry to provide evidence to support the interior minister’s claim.
Chaudhry said that since his client is currently on an official visit to the UK, he will discuss this issue with him on his return. The chief justice advised Chaudhry to ask Malik to procure relevant certificates from the British government to support his defence.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday had issued notices to parliament to provide a list of members who held dual nationality, and reissued summons to Rehman Malik, and MNA Farahnaz Ispahani to explain whether they have dual nationality.
Earlier, while explaining the circumstances surrounding his British nationality, Malik stated, “it may be informed that by virtue of my continuous exile in UK for nine years due to political victimisation and life threats in Pakistan, which is a matter of public record, I was granted British nationality but I never gave up my Pakistani citizenship as dual nationality is allowed under Pakistani law.”
The court was also informed earlier through an application that it has no jurisdiction to hear the case of dual nationality. The court, however, did not entertain that application and had asked Malik to reply with a yes or no answer to the court’s question.
Mian Rauf, counsel for MNA Zahid Iqbal, told the court that the British government has only granted permanent residential status to his client and that Iqbal retains his Pakistani nationality. The court asked him to appear at the next hearing on May 16.
Despite being issued summons, neither MNA Farahnaz Isphahani, nor her legal representative appeared before in the court.
The court asked her to engage a lawyer before the next date of hearing.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2012.
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Certainly it is not a crime but you couldn't hold public office for it.
Being shameless is no 'crime' either...we love you anyways Mr. Malik.
SC cannot see the elephant in the room called terrorists. They are too busy in making policies and not taking care of the business at hand. No terrorist left behind.
One has to leave all other nationalities before one can get inducted in to Pakistan Army....this rule should be replicated on all govt office holders.....
Dual National should not be allowed in Gov't ....I am agree with Usman, Ali Rehan....i Live out side of Pakistan and have seen these Policial Peoples Families living stander is better then US-Congressman/Senator becuase even US-Congressman/Senator family members has to work to make money but our these people living out of PAKISTAN - Living with all the Luxrey and they abuse Gov't Money..
I can say one thing US-Gov't Running based on True Islamic kind of Rules but all Muslim Countries are running on NON-Islamic Rules.--- SHAME on US..
Rehan u r right...except as being a member of commonwealth Pakistan being one of the members can retain both UK & Pakistani citizenship, but as per constitution, it is clear that no dual citizens can become a govt servant or members of Parliament....period...but there is no law to enforce this clause.....
How can an elected MP be loyal to two countries at the same time, is beyond me? Citizenship entails loyalty to said countries, would Rehman be loyal to both the countries when their interests doesn't align with each other. How would that be pulled off without fooling the people?
Dual nationality politicians do bring in "foreign" expertise on democracy! Also, after regime changes, better to escape to dual Nation that be thrown in prison! malik should not have given up his british citizenship. its a great country to stay in! great weather, great food, great entertainment. And as much political activity by pak politicians in london as in pakistan!! So maybe no one misses anything!!
most of the countries, I know, have law that, only citizen of that country can stand for election or for any government post except uk (due to commonwealth / historical empire of the queen). pakistan has strange law.
Nothing is a crime except being an ordinary citizen, enjoying democracy day in and day out!
It might not be a crime Mr. Malik, but what does it say about their loyalty to Pakistan?
Can the Supreme Court move on to more pressing issues now. Property rights, contractual rights, human rights violations that have engulfed this nation. I get it: PPP is unlikeable and an easy prey( through their own fault ), but judicial activism right now is not warranted. How about addressing the more than thousand backlog cases as recommended by the "National Judicial Policy Recommendations" in 2009.
I have no words for such shameless people.........but it must be the law in Pakistan that no person can participate in elections or any government post if he is having any other nationality other than Pakistani at least in last 5 years.
we will see where you will live after this govt will go.... U.K or Pakistan.
Now more or less every one knows you , how much truth you speak... HAHAHHAHA
These 'tourist' politicians arrived in our country with one brief case and will leave once they have made enough money for their overseas properties. That is the danger of dual nationality.