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RAWALPINDI, Oct 15: After lawmakers, the dual nationality issue seems to be passing on to government servants.  

In a circular issued on Saturday, Punjab government asked government officers from District Management Group (DMG) to doctors, gardeners, peons and sanitary workers to submit declaration certificate that they do not hold dual nationality.

Though no reason has been cited in the letter, it is understood that the move is meant to discourage government officials from acquiring a dual nationality.

However, legal experts were of the view that the provincial government should check the dual nationality of government officers from BPS-17 to BPS-22 but there is no logic to check peon, gardeners and sanitary workers.

“Only Pakistani nationals should be appointed in public service and it will stop those officers who have dual nationality. But peons and gardeners dual nationality checking is a strange move,” said Advocate Sajid Ilyas Bhatti, Rawalpindi Bar Association President, while talking to Dawn.

He said: “If a lower grade government staff had dual nationality then he will have no reason to work in the country for a few rupees. So, the government should revise its notification to release the lower staff and apprehend politicians and bureaucrats”.

Soon after receiving the circular, the department heads started the process to collect the declaration certificates from the government employees from Basic Pay Scale (BPS-1 to BPS-20).

The officers belonging to District Management Group (DMG) also filed their declarations to the Services and General (S&G) department Lahore. “The provincial government has sought declaration from government officers and officials after the Supreme Court (SC) verdict to get the declaration from those who hold public office,” said a senior official of City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) requesting not to be named.

It may be mentioned here that SC led by Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on September 20 asked Election Commission of Pakistan to obtain fresh declarations on oath from the lawmakers regarding dual nationality.

A senior official of allied hospital not wanting to be named told Dawn that the hospital received a circular and it forced the lower staff of the hospital to go to district courts and spend some money to prepare the papers and submit the affidavit to the department.

The submission of certificates created unrest among the government employees especially low scale officials who termed it unnecessary. Some were of the view that it made further financial burden on them for doing nothing.

Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab Chairman Dr Muhammad Haroon said that the provincial government asked doctors to submit their declarations about the nationality. “More than 80 per cent doctors had submitted the certificates. We condemn the futile exercise of checking the dual nationality of doctors and health staff as there was no need to spend time on this because the SC ordered to check oath declarations of lawmakers not for the whole nation,” he said.

“I had to spend Rs2,000 to prepare the affidavit from district courts to submit with the hospital administration. It is an additional burden on my pocket,” said Waqas Ahmed, a clerk at government hospital, while talking to Dawn.Tahir Masih, a sanitary worker, at DHQ Hospital, said that he also submitted the certificate that he was a Pakistani national. “I didn’t understand why they demanded such a certificate,” he said.

“Yes, we received orders from the provincial health department Lahore to collect the data of dual nationals in the health sector,” said Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) Principal Prof Dr Musadaq Khan, while talking to Dawn.

He said: “We are obeying the government orders and the data will be collected within this week and it will be submitted to the government”. He said that he was unaware of the purpose of the directions.

When contacted, Punjab Government spokesman and PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said that he was unaware of the circular issued by the government. When informed about the wordings of the circular, he said that such circulars were issued by the government as a matter of routine.

Comments (22) Closed

Oct 16, 2012 09:04am
Policy makers in pakistan never think, they do as they are told.
Mohammad Khan
Oct 16, 2012 10:13am
The Dual Nationality issue has become a big joke in this country. What is the point of asking poor people to take a loyalty oath if they haven't left the country ever?
Oct 16, 2012 07:21am
As Usual, Some people cannot simply understand the essence of Court orders. Dual nationality is more problem some for a country if its rulers embrace it rather than if a peon or common grade employee has it. Rulers tend to think of our Beloved country like a temporary rest-house and then leave when it gets too hot. Sad.
Naseem Akhtar
Oct 16, 2012 10:23am
They should ask who holds assets outside Pakistan. That is the test of faith in our country. Since this will disqualify all those who rule us, they want poor govt servants to spend money on useless affidavits.
Oct 16, 2012 08:16am
What's next? Making everyone, including peons, sign a loyalty oath?
Shah Alam
Oct 16, 2012 08:16am
Make a law that Dual Nationality person can not hold Public Service jobs and apply it to every one who ever they are from the President of Pakistan to the peon.
Muhammad Farjad
Oct 16, 2012 12:50pm
I think we should praise people working in such appauling working enviorment in public health department who have dual nationalities. They can enjoy better life abroad but dicided to live in home. if govt cant appreciate them for their work in the health department what gave them rght to furtehr discourage them. this could only happen in Pakistan.
Oct 17, 2012 11:00pm
Even you can not dual posts in USA, China, India
Oct 17, 2012 10:56pm
Pakistan has enough population to fill vacant posts. Thank you for leaving..
Oct 17, 2012 10:58pm
This applies to those who are on government posts and same is true for USA, China, India and so on..so you are not exception. Pakistan has enough talent to fill the posts...
Oct 16, 2012 06:15pm
I will never come back to Pakistan again. Thanks for forcing me to make a decision. Plus look up how much foreign investment and remitences come to Pakistan from us. YOu are forcing us to disconnect from Pakistan. Good luck running your own country.
Oct 16, 2012 06:17pm
I am a dual citizen. My adoptive country has never discriminated against me. I will never call myself Pakistani again. Good bye.
Oct 17, 2012 12:14pm
Thank you Yousaf for your decision. I have no objections over your decision and no doubt over patriotism. Off course there are many people who are not corrupt but when some dual national holds a key post like prime minister, foreign minister, Director Audits, etc, then he has no motto except to collect the money, make up bank balances and run away. Our poor country can not tolerate this more. So we will not be having such type of people who have a second destination. Pakistan has plenty of talented people and can afford the export of talent as well as the use of pure pakistani talent as only Pakistani nationals. That is in the best interest of our nation right now. By the way, you will always be well come back to our beloved motherland Pakistan. There is no doubt that one has to face huge many problems while passing life in Pakistan but Pakistan is Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad
Abdullah Hussain
Oct 16, 2012 05:51pm
Dual nationality issue is a serious issue. There is no problem in holding a second nationality however holder of dual nationality should never be allowed to hold any responsible post or become a member of the houses.
Oct 16, 2012 05:16pm
In every Public Service Job you will file a form to show your status as a citizen or non citizen, but to get an affidavit to proof that they are Pakistan is a little going out of the way to make people life hard. This could be fulfilled by submitting you CNIC to the Public Service Commission office or your Department Record Administrator.
Oct 17, 2012 03:57pm
Mr. Yousaf: I am dual citizen too. The discrimination bug is your head. What if your adoptive country or employer ask you to give up your Pakistani citizenship because of nature of your job since you were born in a "country" whose individuals are considered a security risk. What you will going to do? You will eventually give up Pakistani citizenship. Would that not be discrimination?
Oct 16, 2012 11:04am
What an impractical law. It will discourage the dual national with higher expertise to work here in different professions and contribute to the society besides bringing in foreign exchange. By the way who gives such recommendation or is it just politicians settling personal scores and affecting thousands of lives.
Oct 16, 2012 10:06am
I am agreed with court Oder , as i worked in govt own company all top managers are dual nationality and their family leaving in USA /Canada and the will support from here to their family .
Oct 16, 2012 05:33am
Seems like a plot to defame hard-working Pakistanis, tomorrow, the government will ban Dual nationals to do business in Pakistan
Syed Shah
Oct 16, 2012 12:25pm
Dual nationality should not be an issue for any one in Pakistan. It is narrow mindedness. There have been heads of states with dual nationalities in other countries so why should this be a problem at all for any one in Pakistan. We are not that un-civilised.
Oct 16, 2012 12:53pm
I am agreed with court order. I have the dual nationality and supporting to my family in Pakistan. If I will become political then I will finish my dual nationally.
Ishrat Salim
Oct 16, 2012 10:10am
This is height of uneducated lot & ignorance....