MQM Chief Altaf Hussain. — File Photo

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain appealed to the Supreme Court on Thursday to review its decision barring dual nationality holders from becoming members of parliament.

Himself a dual nationality holder, Mr Hussain was addressing a meeting of the party’s elected representatives and office-bearers at the Lal Qila ground by phone from London.

The apex court recently ruled that under Article 63(1c) of the Constitution holders of dual citizenship stood disqualified from being elected as members of parliament.

Several lawmakers, including MNA Farhat Khan and MPA Nadia Gabol of the MQM, have been disqualified by the court for holding the dual nationality.

“I appeal to the Chief Justice of Pakistan and all judges [of the apex court] to review their decision in the greater interest of the country and the nation…I am not asking it for myself but my appeal is in the larger interest of the nation,” said Mr Hussain.

He said holders of dual nationality were patriotic Pakistanis and overseas Pakistani should be allowed to contest elections and a decision whether to accept or reject them should be left to people.

“We should look at it in a wider perspective and not consider it a matter of ego or a dispute between the judiciary and executive.”

“Isn’t it injustice that overseas Pakistanis are not allowed to vote or contest elections,” he asked The MQM leader said several counties allowed their citizens to hold dual nationality and contest elections.

“What is the crime of those Pakistanis who have been forced to leave their country due to state oppression to save their lives,” he said.

He assured the overseas Pakistanis that the MQM would continue to raise its voice for their rights.

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October 5, 2012 9:08 am
Altaf is being exposed as a hypocrite as usual.This constitutional clause about dual nationality is very valid and if he does not like it and if he considers himself a sincere Pakistani which is rather dubious,he should not criticize the SC but should support the apex court as it is is interpreting the constitution in letter and spirit which is its role.. These opportunist law makers cannot have both ways to have one foot on the Pakistani soil and other foot overseas and they cannot be trusted.If they had taken dual nationality because of their safety then they are thinking of their own .If he is not asking for himself then he must know that there are not many who seem to have dual nationality.It is not in the interest of whole nation what he is suggesting and the constitution speaks for the whole nation and not for few selfish individuals.His argument is invalid. There is no other country in the world whose law makers have dual nationality except Israel which appears to be a colony of USA and Pakistan is not a colony of UK or USA in theory.It is advisable to him not to raise this issue again.
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