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Dual nationality case: Malik rubbishes ‘accusations’ in reply to SC

Published Aug 08, 2012 09:24am

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Interior Minister Rehman Malik. - File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday submitted in the Supreme Court a reply in the case relating to his dual nationality, DawnNews reported.

Malik stated in the reply that he had renounced his British citizenship.

Along with his reply, the minister also submitted supporting documentation, including a certificate issued by concerned British lawyers.

The reply stated that he had renounced his British citizenship prior to his selection to the Senate and had been using his Pakistani passport to travel abroad since then. Therefore, he asserted, that the accusation of his keeping dual nationalities was unfounded.

He requested the apex court to dispose of the complaint registered against him.

It is pertinent to mention that Malik’s certificate of renouncing UK nationality is dated May 12, 2012.

During one of the hearings, the court had noted that Malik had started his proceedings to renounce his British citizenship on May 29, 2012.

On July 27, Malik was sworn in as federal minister shortly after his swearing in as a Senator the same day.

Earlier in July, Malik had been elected unopposed at a by-election for the same Senate seat which he had held prior to his June suspension over a charge of running for the Senate (in 2009) while still holding British citizenship.