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Dual nationality: kudos for SC

Published Oct 23, 2012 03:24am

AFTER reading Dr Ali Akhtar’s excellent letter ‘Dual citizenship: an argument’ (Oct 18), I looked up the oaths of citizenship of the United Kingdom and Canada and quote them for information of your readers.

United Kingdom: “I, (name), (swear by Almighty God) (do solemnly, sincerely and truly affirm and declare) that, on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs, and successors, according to the law.”

Canada: “I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”

To a layman like me, it seems pretty simple and straightforward that you cannot have your cake and eat it too. Tall claims and boastful talk apart, those who hold a dual nationality are fair weather Pakistanis only. Once the going gets rough, everyone knows where they will head for.

The Supreme Court deserves to be applauded for its bold and clear-cut judgment in the matter.

H. AHMED     Karachi