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Dual nationality


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OUR economic or security problems are of our own making and not of others. It is we who decided to open our borders for men of various nationalities to come here and wage a war that was not ours to be fought in the first place. Those who wanted to establish strategic depth on our western borders are responsible not only for lack of vision but also strategy.

Instead of fortifying our own borders and making Pakistan economically and technological self-reliant, our government relied on a consumer-based economy, wasting billions on importing nonessential items.

If instead of generating cheap hydropower, we resorted to expensive thermal generation because of immediate kickbacks and attractive commissions. It is not America or the IMF which should be blamed, but our own government, both civil and military who have misgoverned this country.

We allowed men holding dual nationalities to dominate our corridors of power, our civil bureaucracy and even foreign service. These are not people who are forced to opt for foreign nationalities because of economic reasons. They have benefited most from this country, enjoyed immense power, perks and are beneficiaries of real estate allotments, yet they are involved in massive institutionalised corruption.

They now seek to be fugitives in their adopted countries to avoid accountability in Pakistan for exploiting this state and its people. Why blame the UK or Canada for offering them refuge, when these few powerful bureaucrats, traders and politicians are involved in remitting annually almost $15 billion every year from Pakistan.

Which country in the world would not welcome foreign investment and offer such people residential or immigration status.

M. TARIQ Lahore

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Jul 22, 2012 04:36pm
You have summed it up pefectly. Pakistan's economic crisis is because of this corrupt civil and uniformed bureaucracy and few corrupt traders cum politicians who have shifted their assets abroad and for whom this country is only a transit place with freedom to loot and plunder at will without any fear. Some of our leading politicians have acquired UK nationality and serve their global strategic interests. just imagine the general who commanded our armed forces and ruled this country for over 8 years is now settled abroad and leading a luxurious life living like a billionaire.
Maximus Jaal
Jul 22, 2012 03:21pm
When the nauralised citizens take the oath in USA,one of the "promise" you make on oath is that you will "GIVE UP LOYALTY TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND BE LOYAL TO THE US". It is not difficult to decide about their loyalties. I think such a clause must be in the oath of allegiance of other countries too.
Jul 22, 2012 07:48am
@M.Tariq This letter sums up the entire scenario very eloquently. Very well written!
Jul 22, 2012 07:41pm
Mr Tariq is spot on in his analysis of Pakistan's problems.He missed out on one critical cause of Pakistan's problems. It's it's exploding population of poor & illiterates.Unless there is immediate birth control, Pakistan will be doomed, whatever happens to the sickly economy
Jul 22, 2012 08:44pm
Correct picture of Pakistan.
Jul 22, 2012 09:17pm
Correct picture of Pakistan.
Jul 22, 2012 09:31pm
Very true, unfortunately.
True Pakistani
Jul 23, 2012 01:41am
- i live and work in canada.i cannot send even a couple of thousand hard earned $ to my children in pakistan. does any one know how these crooks can move billions from one country to another without ANY problem?