Dual nationality: a question

Published Jun 12, 2012 12:12am

PRIME Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said there is no restriction on dual citizenship in the Constitution and he is in favour of dual nationality holders becoming members of parliament.

The oath taken by parliamentarians on joining the National Assembly states: “I will bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan.”

The oath taken by UK legislators reads: “I, (name), do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.”

And the same goes for the US Constitution: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Just wondering where an individual stands on the pedestal of morality and commitment after having taken multiple oaths of allegiance.

DR IRFAN ZAFAR Islamabad

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Comments (10) (Closed)


asim
Jun 12, 2012 03:17pm
Haqqqani couple is the glaring example what are the consequences of dual natinality holders in public offices. Wife foriegn citizen sitting in presidency, husband green card holder Amabbasador of Pakistan. Why any govenrmnt need t0 spend millions on spies?
Tariq
Jun 13, 2012 02:56am
There is no Law in Pakistan. Might is Right !! Only that works in Pakistan
Syed Shah
Jun 12, 2012 05:19pm
People do not change even if the nationality changes. One should be judged by his actions and intentions not by what the nationality is. It could be different for a myriad of reasons.
Sam
Jun 12, 2012 03:27am
After taking multiple oath the individual is eligible to travel (visit visa free) in and out of several countries (around the world).The benefits of these oaths provide freedom to travel internationally.
Syed
Jun 12, 2012 04:19am
sir i think allowing overseas pakistanis to vote is acceptable because we must not let such things in parliaments. it makes a mockery of the system.
asim
Jun 12, 2012 05:03am
Mr Gilani is prime minister but acts as Chief Justice, constitution expert etc. Only thing he find difficult is to act as prime minister of Pakistan in people's interest. He represents and safeguard His Majesty's interest not poor people of Pakistan
Kamran Khan
Jun 12, 2012 05:57am
For many corrupt, oath is just a joke to get to the foreign passport. This is where the fun begins. The Black money becomes white & kids are coated in foreign education to beat their parents in corruption after coming back to Pakistan. Note that USA doesnt allow duel citizenship.
millerd
Jun 13, 2012 12:48pm
But sorry to say , America does allow dual nationality . The rule of the thump must be that no dual nationality holder be allowed to hold any prominent, high-value and sensitive offices in the country or be a member of the Parliament . I have written quite a few comments about the subject in the past but for some mysterious reasons my comments have never been published. On this point the nation should support SC , the only institution seem to be fighting on all front against rampant corruption , excesses, nepotism , misuse , fraud and mismanagement . This institution is at present "only hope".
anil
Jun 12, 2012 09:43pm
For your information USA allows dual citizenship.
@AhmerJamilKhan
Jun 12, 2012 07:57am
Mr. Rehman Malik considered the office of the Interior Minister as a joke: he has reportedly asked (read begged) the Taliban not to disturb the peace of the counter, when it is his job to protect the people._He enjoys protection, but refuses to provide protection of life and liberty to the people of Pakistan (is he to be counted amongst the people of Pakistan).