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ISLAMABAD, Jan 10: If Dr Tahirul Qadri, who also holds the nationality of Canada is arrested ahead of his long march, he may not get access to Canadian consular services, according to an official of the Canadian embassy.

“There is a general sense of reluctance within embassy circles in regard to Mr Qadri, whose dual Canadian citizenship has become controversial after he addressed a mammoth rally in Lahore on Dec 23 and announced his long march on Islamabad,” the official, who did not want to be named, claimed.

The reluctance, according to him, to provide consular services to Dr Qadri emanates from his dual citizen status, even though the Canadian law allows its citizens to have dual nationality.

“But when a Canadian citizen breaks the law or disrupts peace in a foreign land, the role of consular services becomes limited as law of the land applies,” the official said.

He said that ever since Canada eased its immigration laws, people from all over the world were applying for Canadian immigration and becoming naturalised citizens, but holders of dual nationality did not have the same rights as someone born in Canada.

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Cyrus Howell
January 11, 2013 8:27 am
I shouldn't think he would get any help from the Canadian government. Diplomacy aside most leaders in Ottawa probably did not even know who he was. They would not help him in any case if he impedes businessmen from trading and doing business.
fuad
January 11, 2013 1:30 pm
The embassy official is wrong when saying that the people who acquire Canadian citizenship by naturalization doe snot have the same rights who are born Canadians. All citizens of Canada have the same and identical rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedom which is the constitution of Canada. I think the embassy of Canada in Pakistan should issue a clarification in this regards and ask the official to go on a training course studying why Canada is a number one nations when it comes to civil rights and freedom. I am a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin and its a shame that our embassy staff in Islamabad are so ignorant about the constitution of Canada.
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