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View Poll Results: Should a Pakistan nationality be enough to hold a position in the Pakistan Govt?

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  1. #1
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    Should a Pakistan nationality be enough to hold a position in the Pakistan Govt?

    I realize that there is a law against being a citizen/resident of another country and holding a position in the Pakistan govt but does it make sense? Shouldn't it be changed to be a Pakistani citizen and assess the role of the person based upon his qualifications?

    Try and keep your arguments away from party politics.


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    When people give up old citizenship and take another one you should be even ready to fight and die for your new country if required. This is for common people who probably don’t even except to ever see such a scenario in their life time.

    Now you want the guy making policies that might include national security and other critical decisions to be a guy who has taken such an oath? Or even worse if he is not honoring that oath, what makes you think he will suddenly develop a new found patriotism and responsibility and honesty?

    Country should be run by people who have dedicated all their lives to the country.

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    I agree with the current law - any individual holding a foreign nationality should NOT be allowed to work for the Pakistani government.

    It presents a huge conflict of interest scenario as the persons loyalty to both countries will me be questioned - not to mention national security issues...

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    Dual Nationality persons shouldn't hold the Top Position at their respective Govt. Offices. Otherwise it's the easiest way of penetration into echelons of power of any country.

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    Qualification doesn't prevent conflict of interest which can occur in many aspects and many of which will always be under the radar.

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    There is no law stating that a special assistant cant be a dual national.

    Per the Islamabad High court

    The bench ruled. “Rule 4(6) is one of such modes whereby the PM has been empowered to appoint Special Assistants. There is no restriction regarding the number of Special Assistants that can be appointed by the Prime Minster.”

    “There is also no restriction of appointing persons having dual nationality. The only restriction provided in the Constitution is under Article 63(1)(c) and it is confined to disqualification of a person from “being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)”. The chief justice maintained that the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 expressly allows a citizen of Pakistan to hold dual nationality as has been described in section 14(3) ibid. It is not fair to raise doubts or to be skeptical regarding appointment of a dual national as a Special Assistant by the PM.

    https://nation.com.pk/31-Jul-2020/du...assistants-ihc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gharib Aadmi View Post
    There is no law stating that a special assistant cant be a dual national.

    Per the Islamabad High court

    The bench ruled. “Rule 4(6) is one of such modes whereby the PM has been empowered to appoint Special Assistants. There is no restriction regarding the number of Special Assistants that can be appointed by the Prime Minster.”

    “There is also no restriction of appointing persons having dual nationality. The only restriction provided in the Constitution is under Article 63(1)(c) and it is confined to disqualification of a person from “being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)”. The chief justice maintained that the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 expressly allows a citizen of Pakistan to hold dual nationality as has been described in section 14(3) ibid. It is not fair to raise doubts or to be skeptical regarding appointment of a dual national as a Special Assistant by the PM.

    https://nation.com.pk/31-Jul-2020/du...assistants-ihc
    In order to apply it, one will require to define what is "Special Assistant" and its jurisdiction plus authority.

    Holding a govt position and special assistant can be different aspects.
    Last edited by Itachi; 1st August 2020 at 10:37.

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    Pakistan nationality should not necessary, but not sufficient condition.

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    Not only should dual citizens be barred from holding government jobs, it is time for Pakistan to abolish dual citizenship altogether.

    No more drama of pretending to be a Pakistani and showing patriotism over the internet while sitting in USA/UK/Canada and achieving the Pakistani dream of getting their passports.

    If you want to live in those countries permanently and acquire citizenship, then you must forego your status as a Pakistani.

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    It’s fine imo. Don’t run elections but holding a position shouldn’t be an issue if you have something valuable to bring. Why wouldn’t you want people like Atif Mian or Tania Aidrus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Not only should dual citizens be barred from holding government jobs, it is time for Pakistan to abolish dual citizenship altogether.

    No more drama of pretending to be a Pakistani and showing patriotism over the internet while sitting in USA/UK/Canada and achieving the Pakistani dream of getting their passports.

    If you want to live in those countries permanently and acquire citizenship, then you must forego your status as a Pakistani.
    How about locking up the traitors at home that have stolen from a poor country. How about those that were brought up with a silver spoon in their mouths using the FBR as a personal bank account. We saw how much you crooks care for PK when you tried to stop FATF laws to get an NRO. Loser.

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    Well, to be honest, they should be barred. Giving up your motherland passport for a foreign passport simply means you have no business in your motherland country no matter how competent you are. I will not take up any other country citizenship even if there is an opportunity to do so. I will keep my pakistani passport and will use it for a travel purpose as long as I am alive.
    I am in line with the thinking of that Pakistani scientist who did not take up any other country citizenship even if it was offered to him and he only preferred Pakistani citizenship.

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    Being a Pakistani national should be enough. Of course there should be other requirements in addition to being a Pakistani national such as education, experience and knowledge of local culture and languages but this is not even a huge problem.

    IMO people going to Pakistan for few weeks and voting is a bigger issue. Pakistani national should not be eligible for vote if they hold multiple nationalities and spend most of their time outside Pakistan. Because they wouldn’t be dealing with Pakistan’s government most of the time and for that reason they shouldn’t be able to vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamM97 View Post
    It’s fine imo. Don’t run elections but holding a position shouldn’t be an issue if you have something valuable to bring. Why wouldn’t you want people like Atif Mian or Tania Aidrus?
    Just jealousy.

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    Do not get personal with each other.


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    I believe it should depend on the position


    Hard to get a handle on this double edged sword

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    As a policy any law maker or senior bureaucrat should be only exclusively PK nationality. For advisers they should look at home but if competence or relevant experience doesn't exist at home , then look abroad at the PK diaspora with dual nationality.

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    Any high ranked or significant role should be exclusive to those residing in Pakistan, but for roles like special assistant, some flexibility should be allowed.

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    Should strictly be the best man for the job regardless of nationality but everyone must declare all their assets both inside, outside the country on a quarterly basis atleast.


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    Will not take a second to give up British citizenship if PM orders: Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari

    SAPM Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari for overseas Pakistanis and human resource development has said that he will instantly give up his British citizenship if Prime Minister orders him to do so.

    He said that our next eight years will be the best for Pakistan and before it, we are not going anywhere. For the next eight years, the opposition should find some job and work. Enough is enough. They have looted the country and now they should do some hard work.

    Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari has further said that they accused us that we will run in the first chance. He said “I am in Pakistan and they ran to London, their children have fled abroad. I am in Pakistan and their Iqamas are surfacing.” On dual nationality, he will not agree to Khawaja Asif’s speech but decisions should be made in this regard after the debate.

    On what basis 2000000 rupees are coming to Khawaja Asif from other countries, he inquired. “My whole business is abroad. But from where he is getting money. What type of work they are doing that he cannot declare it.”

    The special assistant said that he is with the Prime Minister and will always be with him. He said they will continue to serve the country in whatever capacity we can, he added.

    He said he has come to Pakistan for good. Moreover, the Supreme Court has also given the decision in favor of Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari on the issue of dual citizenship. Law is very clear about it that a special assistant to prime minister doesn’t need to quit the citizenship of another country. Even then if Prime Minister asked him to forsake his UK citizenship he would not take more than two seconds to do so.

    He responded to the ongoing backlash after the release of asset details of advisers and assistants to Prime Minister.

    Last month in July, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s 20 advisers and assistants had declared the details and nationality of their assets under strong pressures from media and opposition parties. The list of their possessions was published on the official website of the Pakistan government’s cabinet division. At least six advisers including Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari turned out to be dual nationals. SAPM on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari turned out to be the United Kingdom citizen. Along with the declaration of nationality, the advisers and assistants also publicized the details of their movable and immovable assets of worth million dollars.

    The details revealed that Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari has assets worth over Rs 2 billion. The details show Zulfikar Bukhari has four gifted or inherited properties in Pakistan. His properties in the United Kingdom include- a flat, furniture, and painting worth £5.28million (Rs1 billion). Bukhari also owns four luxury vehicles in the UK, worth more than £578,000 (Rs121million) and one Toyota Land Cruiser in Pakistan. He also owns around Rs357million in banks and cash and around Rs482m in business capital.

    He is an active member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and a close aid to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan. After the 2018 elections victory, Imran Khan announced his cabinet, and Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari was appointed as a Minister of State. Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari led the major operations to manage the inflows of Overseas Pakistanis following the global coronavirus lockdown.

    However, to date, Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari has not given up his British citizenship. He has asked people not to make his citizenship controversial since he is here to serve Pakistan with sincerity.

    https://www.globalvillagespace.com/w...zulfi-bukhari/


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    No. Should have single country passport to serve public office. Even Australia has same laws and Australia is an immigration nation. But if you want to run for public office, you have to declare your allegiance to Australia and leave your citizenship. Lots of senators here were disqualified because of that in 2018-2019.


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