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‘Drone attack’ by Altaf

January 14, 2013

WE waited with bated breath what new revelation will come from Altaf Hussain which will be like a drone attack to rock the entire Pakistan.

It turned out to be a feeble, in fact puerile, attempt on his part to justify his retaining dual nationality. There was no need to drag the good name of the Quaid, the only person who enjoys unquestioned respect from all of us. Not only was the reference to him in bad taste but it also betrayed a poor knowledge of the basic history of Pakistan on Mr Hussain’s part.

Pakistan, like India, came into being under the Indian Independence Act, 1947, as a separate dominion under the English Crown. Pakistan had no constitution of its own and continued to be governed under the Government of India Act, 1935 till such time we were able to frame our own constitution in 1956.

The Quaid, therefore, had to take the oath under the law which existed at that point of time. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan had not come into existence then. At any rate, what relevance it has to the dual nationality of Mr Hussain I fail to understand.

It seems that Mr Hussain in his exuberance or propensity to make longish speeches at times runs out of good topics.

S. M. AWAR Karachi