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Rehman Malik resigns from Senate membership

Published Jul 10, 2012 07:47am


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

KARACHI: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik on Tuesday announced that he had resigned from his Senate membership, DawnNews reported. 

Speaking to media representatives in Karachi, Malik said that he had tendered his resignation on Monday.

“I have decided to resign from the Senate and have conveyed my decision to the party leadership. I am willing to fulfil any other responsibility which my party will assign me,” he told reporters in Karachi.

Malik moreover said that he had renounced his British citizenship and that the dual nationality bill had not been proposed in order to facilitate him.

“I decided to shun my membership because people are attaching the proposed amendment in the dual nationality law with me,” Malik said. “So I have given up my membership and will now openly campaign for this bill for the sake of 1.2 million fellow overseas Pakistanis.”

He also showed documents to reporters pertaining to his having renounced British citizenship and said he would not acquire citizenship of a foreign country in the future.

The adviser admitted that he had established a company in the UK during exile, however, before stepping into practical politics, he had resigned from his business positions on directions from former premier Benazir Bhutto.

Malik said the government had always shown respect towards the judiciary and towards orders issued by the courts.

He further said that he also wanted to resign from the position of adviser but was stopped by the president from doing so.

Earlier in June, a Supreme Court bench hearing the dual nationality case had suspended Malik's Senate membership. As a consequence, he had also lost the coveted position of federal interior minister.

He was later appointed by President Asif Ali Zardari as Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior.

Last month, the Supreme Court temporarily suspended MP Farahnaz Ispahani, the wife of Pakistan's sacked ambassador to Washington and an advisor to Zardari. She holds dual Pakistani-US nationality.


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M.T.Hasan Jul 10, 2012 06:40pm
I think no Pakistani worth his salt will lose any sleep over this "token resignation" as he still holds the office of Adviser to the President.However I do wonder that the urgency with which the assembly is pursuing the dual nationality bill in parliament may have some other hitherto unknown facts about the current senate membership with dual nationality and the Presidents own nationality status should be questioned.Given his worldwide "assets" in many countries strewn across the globe,if he is found to be holding another passport of any other foreign country other than Pakistan then the truth should come out in the wash!
HAQUE Jul 10, 2012 07:55am
He should now leave Pakistan and settle down in his new country of which he acquired his latest citizenship
M F Azam Jul 10, 2012 06:34pm
I have spent pretty long time here in the Scandinavian countries and believe me, Inshallah,there is still golden opportunity to fetch very honest, highly qualified God-feared honest personalities,serving universities of sweden,Danmark,Norway, who are serving their residing countries to the best of their abilities,mostly still argue for Pakistan and Pakistanis golden future through amending present educational system and feth all these laurels and experienced scans into Pakistan.They very much advocate and support the young man, Imran khan who had been oxford-university student and(Inshallah) not be future Mr.13%. May ALLAH (SWT) Bless Pakistan.
Bhatti Jul 10, 2012 06:33pm
He got enough now and therefore resigning. From the snate but his eyes are on the next position. Watch what will he does for Pakistani people. Actually it does not make any difference he he leaves because another corrupt and uneducated person will take his position. Root official should resign. One rotten fish destroys the whole country.
M F Azam Jul 10, 2012 06:11pm
Umer dear, why are you labelling him as honest man, a thief never does expose himself. he is also one of the member of band of Alibab& 40 thieves like his supreme Master Mr. 10%.
T Khan Jul 10, 2012 06:09pm
Why not have a referendum; let the people of Pakistan and the overseas Pakistanis voice their opinion and preference. It is amazin and mind boggling to see the selfishness of the present government. Instead of righting the wrong; they prefer to wrong the right. What surprises me is the parties like MQM who know very well that this bill is wrong; yet they have opted to support it. Do the right the people. Let the people of Pakistan who grew and lived in Pakistan run Pakistan. Overseas Pakistanis had enjoyed a good ride by earning good money & no doubt Pakistan has benefited from it; Let us not make Pakistan their toy for joy in retirement. I am an expatriate who has taken the oath to serve my adopted country but will always wish well and work to serve my motherland - Pakistan!
Zynat Jul 11, 2012 09:51pm
He needs money only. loves to loot
shiraz ahmed Jul 10, 2012 09:26am
its too late. He should have resigned very earllier due to his poor performance.
I Ahmed Jul 10, 2012 09:39am
Or is it preparation to take over the day to day management of company he started during 'exile'
Qasim Jul 10, 2012 08:05am
If a true Pakistani, interested in the good for Pakistan and Pakistanis, there are more than 100 reasons why he should resign from all posts and seek forgiveness from God and also from Karachites who are living in perpetual fear from Bhatta and terrorist groups and from all types of mafias. He as interior minister should know all of them and take action if he is not one of them.
Amit Jul 10, 2012 11:31am
No Umer. This is where you go Wrong. Always pointing towards politicians. Yes they are Bad, but what about common person. Are they thinking rationally ? Do they VOTE when the time comes ? Why not You go for a March when these Amendments were in the Parliament ? Dont just sit in Drawing room in front of computer. Get out there...and fight. Persons like Zaid Hamid are diluting peoples minds with Poison. Educated people should stand up now. Its already too late. PIA, Railways, Pakistan Steel...everything is finished. WAKE UP...Please.. not for Nation..For you future Generation...
Tot ba tot Jul 10, 2012 02:52pm
Great news Rehman Malik should leave the country.
Haroon Jul 10, 2012 08:35am
A good news indeed, he was not fit for this job anyways
jd shami Jul 10, 2012 03:55pm
Amit Jul 10, 2012 12:02pm
Yes Rizwan...Its the Same in India too..well.. not bad as Pakistan tough. I was really angry with our politicians but looking at yours..they are nothing. They are Corrupt, but at least they are doing some work. Otherwise a Country with 1 Billion population ... its really would been hard. These last 10-15 years the politicians in India are really working hard.
Rahul Jul 10, 2012 11:42am
Amit Dear, just a correction. You could not have Indian passport (India doesn't allow it). You are OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) a kinda of life long visa and some privileges. I have nothing against your comments, just thought to clarify the differences. True Dual citizenship is the one where original country's passport is intact, which is the case with Canadian citizens from most of the middle eastern countries and Pakistan.
Saghar Jul 12, 2012 10:32am
yes it is looking like that.. why dont they look at more serious cases, who cares if he has dual citizenship, there are more important issues going on in the country like countless murders, suicide attacks,.. why are not these being pursued like the political cases are? It seems that someone is instructing the judiciary to pursue certain cases..i wonder why....
Rizwan Jul 10, 2012 11:16am
Amit, in Pakistan, a whitey doesn't need to go the time consuming extra effort of acquiring Pak citizenship to gain previliges from the government. Here all they have to do is pick up a phone and make a call directly to the supermoe of the time and things get lines up at once!
Jamshed Khan Jul 10, 2012 10:06am
Good riddance!
Mansoor Sajid Jul 10, 2012 09:12am
At least number of crooks go down bu one!
Laiba Jul 10, 2012 10:08am
how is he honest?????
Fahid Jul 10, 2012 11:43am
Nice one :)
Kamath Jul 10, 2012 10:34am
What would he do for a living now? Can he get a decent job to serve the nation with all his life-time experience?
Faran Rasheed Jul 10, 2012 10:38am
Everyone thinks for his own, after doing corruption in past 4 years he is now resigning so that he may be given chance to stand again and is showing his sympathy. It's too late now, he should have done this earlier. He is the one responsible for all killings in Karachi.
Amit Jul 10, 2012 10:37am
I am Indian born, Canadian Citizen. Recently India gave me Dual Citizenship. I am allowed to buy property in India. But I am Not Allowed to Vote, Not Allowed to have ant Govt. Job, and also Not Allowed to Buy Agriculture Land. This is the Perfect way. What if a WHITE Canadian Citizen gets a Pakistani Citizenship, Will he be allowed to be in Parliament ? Will the Govt share Secrets with Him? What is guarantee he will not give it to his original Country ? Think People....Think.
Faisal Jul 10, 2012 10:42am
sometimes I see u making jokes out of no-where :P
Amit Jul 10, 2012 11:55am are right. It was a mistake. And that was my exact point. You get all the facilities except the above mention things. And thats the problem Pakistan is having. They are giving passports ( I think ). Its like playing with your nations security. If this Law is Passed ( and I am sure it will before 12th ) , The day is not far that all of the Parliamentarians, will have one more Citizenship. After this law...the ones who dont have, will start applying. And one Day it will be a Law that -- To be in Parliament one MUST have Dual Citizenship...
Imran Jul 10, 2012 09:15am
He should not give up and keep fighting on.
Qaisar Jul 10, 2012 09:29am
I am not sure this is yet another stunt by mr. Malik.
naeem Jul 10, 2012 09:27am
So this man lied and produced false papers when he intial said he gave up his British nationality few years ago. Actually now he saying that he gave up his Britich nationality 1 month ago. The court should start proceedings against habitual lier for making fraudlent statements. Why has then PPP become a party of shameless lier.
Umer Jul 10, 2012 11:09am
Very good reasoning. The people ARE thinking but its the corrupt politicians who are trying to save their own hide and pave way for themselves and their future generations.
Confuse Jul 10, 2012 11:09am
Little Confuse of Pakistan, is it independent country ruled by own people or lost independent ruled by foreign ?
Yousuf Shehzad Jul 10, 2012 11:11am
He is looking new & more strong position in government only making people happy for time being...(May be candidate for Prime Minster in upcoming Elections) Dear Country be ready for new Shock.....................
Umer Jul 10, 2012 11:11am
Too little too late. He should be prosecuted for deception and the blunders he committed while illegal holding office..
Sadia Jul 10, 2012 09:11am
was this an important news to be made headline???..? he plays jokes normally:P
Matin Jul 10, 2012 08:51am
Is that a serious comment?
ysk Jul 10, 2012 08:53am
You are the rajnikant of our politics.....
Noman Jul 10, 2012 08:54am
"He was later appointed by President Asif Ali Zardari as Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior" and enjoying the same authority as a minister...
SHERYAAR Jul 10, 2012 08:56am
he is the only person responsible for killings in Karachi..
manghirmalani Jul 10, 2012 08:58am
Pakistani Judiciary is ruled by ISI and Army
A. Khan Jul 10, 2012 12:50pm
British nationality can be renounced....... and taken back, once. Can Mr. Malik announce that he has *permanently* renounced his British Nationality ?
Ahmed Jul 10, 2012 02:04pm
Well said
ishaq Jul 10, 2012 01:50pm
I dont agree with dual nationalities :) One nationality and you are in the government or else out of it....
ABCD Jul 10, 2012 12:03pm
If the dual citizenship holders are not allowed to participate in elections then why the present judiciary system asks them to vote?They must not be allowed to vote either because they have dual citizenship.
Riaz N (usa) Jul 10, 2012 01:21pm
Mr. Malik , AJ's democracy will survive in Pakistan without you. I am one of those 1.2 millions Pakistanis who has foreign nationality (US), have no desire to hold any elected position in Pakistan. I can't imagine to have divided loyalty. But you can. Knowing that law did not allow but you lied and became the member of of Pak legislative body.
Ali Jul 10, 2012 08:25am
Well done mr. is a respectable thing you have done!
Nafees Jul 10, 2012 08:25am
very honest man !!!
A. Khan Jul 10, 2012 12:54pm
That's a mistake. Rehman Malik should renounce his Pakistani nationality and stay out of this country. That would really be a service to this poor suffering nation.
RAZZAQ Jul 10, 2012 09:54am
SQZ Jul 11, 2012 07:57am
I couldn't stop laughing at your comment. I can just pray to God that you are being sarcastic... Otherwise, WOW, i can't believe that after almost 5 years of their government someone would actually have good comments about them.