Building Consensus: PPP leader hints at reviewing dual nationality bar

Published: June 7, 2012
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Chandio says will convene a meeting of parties and then speak to leaders of opposition parties to resolve matter. PHOTO: FILE

Chandio says will convene a meeting of parties and then speak to leaders of opposition parties to resolve matter. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

Ruling Pakistan Peoples Party leader and former law minister Maula Bux Chandio on Wednesday hinted that the dual nationality law may be amended.

“We will convene a meeting of parliamentary parties of our coalition partners and then speak to leaders of opposition parties to resolve the matter. I hope that we can arrive at an amicable solution,” Chandio, said while talking to The Express Tribune.

Meanwhile, two parliamentarians from Sindh Assembly, who allegedly hold dual nationalities, contested media reports that they have received notices from the apex court.

“I have not received a court notice yet. I will give my viewpoint in court if I am summoned,” said PPP’s MPA Dr. Ahmed Ali Shah, a neurosurgeon who holds a British passport.

“I am 64 years old and have only spent five to six years abroad while the rest of my life was dedicated to service the people of this country,” he added.

Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s MPA Nadia Gabol is listed as a British citizen, born in Manchester, in the Sindh Assembly’s official documents. When contacted, Gabol was reluctant to speak on the issue. Her party’s spokesperson, Wasay Jalil, said the MQM had started consulting constitutional experts before giving its viewpoint on the issue of dual nationality.

Published In The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Ahmed
    Jun 7, 2012 - 11:53AM

    Whats “Buildind”???????

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  • T Khan
    Jun 7, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Amazing country’s amazing ways.
    A national can not hold an office around here if he/she is not a Muslim, but nationals of other countries can.
    How Stupid are we… for they are pretty clever to have fun till the games go on and if and when the going gets a but tricky…have a back door open to happier places.

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  • Sehr.Siddiqui
    Jun 7, 2012 - 4:01PM

    MQM consulting legal experts. A plain reading by a mediocre matriculate of article 63(1)(c) will tell you that dual nationality holder is INELIGIBLE. Period. If Altaf bhai holds British Passport does not mean that every MNA,MPA, Senator, Governor( Dr. Ishrat ul Ibad) should also be holding dual nationality. Majority or powerful can not convert a wrong into right .

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