SC reserves verdict in dual nationality case

Published: September 18, 2012
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Justice Khilji and Justice Jawad launch tired against Attorney General using cricketing terminologies. PHOTO: FILE

Justice Khilji and Justice Jawad launch tired against Attorney General using cricketing terminologies. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan reserved its verdict in the dual nationality case on Tuesday, Express News reported. The verdict is expected to be announced within two days.

During the proceedings of the case today, Justice Justice Jawad S Khawaja spoke about Attorney General Irfan Qadir using cricketing terminologies, saying that the latter always ‘bowled googlies’,  with Justice Khilji Arif Hussain adding that whether this was [cricketer] Saeed Ajmal’s ‘doosra’ or  ‘teesra’.

A three-judge bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khwaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain are hearing the case relating to legislators holding dual nationality.

Dual nationalities held by parliamentarians have sparked a debate in the country and has resulted in the Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualifying several members of parliament and provincial assemblies after evidence emerged that they were dual nationals.

During the course of this case, the Supreme Court had suspended the memberships of Senator Rehman Malik, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Muhammad Jamil Malik, PPP MPA Dr Amna Buttar, MNA Zahid Iqbal, MNA Farah Naz Ispahani, MPA Muhammad Akhlaq and MPA Dr Ahmad Ali Shah.

In Rehman Malik’s case, SC had asked his 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.

The minister’s counsel Anwar Mansoor had told the bench that Malik ceased to be a British citizen after May 29 this year.

The case was adjourned till October 2.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry had also directed authorities to issue notices again to parliamentarians holding dual citizenship, but who have not appeared before the court so far.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Popularist
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:38PM

    more than 3 million cases pending nationwide-more than 165,000 pending at SC when will these guys pay attention towards their professional duties and get out of Political mind syndrome of playing for the gallery! Its a Pity indeed! Why didnt CJ use his suo moto for Shia killings, Hindus leaving country and what not?

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  • tania
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:20PM

    This is probably a way of cleansing the top hierarchy of the state by removing the corrupt. who are the main reason for most of the problems in the country. So id say, well done CJ. Drop them one by one! This is the only way we can get rid of them.

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  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:03PM

    I hear the AG today defended the dual nationality going to the extent that even the President, PM or even the COAS can hold dual nationality.

    If this is so, either the AG’s head needs to be examined or his credntials seriously need to be questioned. I am also seriously concerned at the character and credentials of those who appointed a person of this belief as the chief law officer of Pakistan.

    Mumlekat -e-Khudadad-e-Pakistan, Allah teri shaan!

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  • Afzaal Khan
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:11PM

    @Popularist

    Why don’t you ask govt to do something abt that? Its really a pity that ppl like you exist in this country.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:47PM

    A candidate having duel nationality have been allowed by ECP to contest election that means that the constitution of Pakistan is clear on it . Now the CJ wants to rewrite it once again for protecting the terrorists from an antiterrorists government .

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  • Hasnain
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:20AM

    @ Sajjad Ashraf
    The credentials of Attorney General are indeed dubious. He was Attorney General during dictator Musharraf’s regime too. He was then made a PCO judge but was dismissed after restoration of independent judiciary. This man has his personal grudgestrong text against the judiciary. He should be put to trial for misleading the Court.
    Ethnic parties like PPP and MQM are in favour of dual nationality since both of these parties have their respective Chairman in UK. While rightist parties like JI, PML have shown their reservation against such legislation. However, PTI & its life time Chairman Imran Khan’s silence is proving their hypocricy.

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