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Malik submits papers for Senate re-election

Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik. — File photo

KARACHI: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik on Friday submitted nomination papers for his re-election on the Senator's seat, DawnNews reported.

Earlier on July 10, Malik had resigned from his Senate membership.

Malik submitted his nomination papers from Karachi. Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders Raza Haroon and Dr Sagheer Ahmed were also present at the occasion.

The interior adviser said that he had resigned due to accusatory remarks from Nawaz Sharif and also because some people attached the proposed amendment in the dual nationality law with him.

After resigning from the Senate seat, Malik had said that he gave up his senatorship to openly campaign for the bill for the sake of 1.2 million overseas Pakistanis.

Malik said he was thankful to his party and coalition members for showing confidence in him.

Speaking to media representatives, Malik said that he had always respected the decisions of the Supreme Court.

He reiterated his claim that he had renounced his British citizenship and was only a citizen of Pakistan.

Malik also submitted an affidavit alongwith nomination papers in respect of surrendering his British citizenship.

Polling for the vacant seat will be held on August 8.

Malik, elected to the Senate in 2009, had earlier told the Supreme Court that he had renounced his British citizenship and would submit documentary evidence for it in court.

But a certificate presented to a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry failed to satisfy the judges.

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Comments (12) Closed

Jul 20, 2012 02:55pm
Dual nationals should never be allowed to run for any public office and hold any Govt. jobs because you never know who they are loyal to. Look at Haqqani he committed a heinous crime and fled to the US and the Govt. can't do a thing.
Nasir Mahmood
Jul 20, 2012 01:42pm
Why he made fuss by resigning earlier?
Jul 20, 2012 01:38pm
what a travesty, he failed miserably in his job as interior minister but he sure did serve the master not the people. He should submit a clear offical paper of his giving up his British nationality. His party supporting him is not the only criteria. He said he gave it up then came the change allowing dual national and he is back now as what dual national or Pakistani?
ahmed rizwan
Jul 20, 2012 10:14am
Its a high time to think for the common people of Pakistan. If they want these type of people to rule us who are more concerned for people living abroad and their own dual nationalities so that they could flew easily to there predetermined save heavens in the name of dual nationality bill.
Jul 20, 2012 11:38am
It is those that are living abroad that are keeping Pakistan afloat...
Jul 20, 2012 12:31pm
Please remember that overseas Pakistanis though with divided loyalities are our economic bone and they have right to be protected socially,economically and politically here in their motherland.
Jul 20, 2012 12:15pm
How much money has Malik remitted to pakistan,he is talking about million pakistanis,they are not dual citizens,and they are remitting one billion dollar a month to pakistan.the people with u.s.and british citizenship are not remitting anything to pakistan.
Shahid Niaz
Jul 20, 2012 11:59am
Jul 20, 2012 10:32am
People are hungry and lack security in Pakistan. Why is he so concerned about pakistanis with divided loyalties living abroad.
Jul 20, 2012 09:38am
have Rahman Malik taken care of 180 million pakistanis living here that he is worried for 1.2m living abroad
Jul 20, 2012 09:39am
mohammad khan hoti
Jul 20, 2012 10:19am
The Supreme Court should ascertain if Malik had indeed renounced his British nationality at the time he claims to have done so. In the highly likely event that he lied, the Court should disbar him from holding public office in accordance with the law of the land.