Chief jus­tice takes no­tice of civil ser­vants, judges hold­ing dual cit­i­zen­ship

The Miracle - - Opinion - Source: Dawn­

Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan Jus­tice Saqib Nisar has taken no­tice of dual cit­i­zen­ship of civil ser­vants and judges of su­pe­rior and dis­trict courts, read a state­ment is­sued by the apex court .Jus­tice Nisar took the no­tice on Wed­nes­day dur­ing the hear­ing of a ser­vice mat­ter case in the court. He di­rected the sec­re­tary of Es­tab­lish­ment Di­vi­sion to sub­mit a de­tailed re­port con­tain­ing the names of dual na­tional civil ser­vants from BPS-17 to BPS-22 within 15 days. The chief jus­tice also di­rected the “reg­is­trar of Supreme Court, Fed­eral Shariat Court and all high courts to sub­mit a list of dual na­tional judges (if any) within 15 days”, read the state­ment. In 2015, the Se­nate had ap­proved an amend­ment en­vis­ag­ing a ban on hold­ing dual na­tion­al­ity by judges, armed forces per­son­nel and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. The bill sought amend­ments to Ar­ti­cles 177 and 193 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, stat­ing that no dual na­tion­al­ity holder can be­come a judge of the Supreme Court or high courts. “A per­son in the Ser­vice of Pak­istan shall not hold dual na­tion­al­ity or cit­i­zen­ship of any for­eign coun­try,” said an­other amend­ment in Ar­ti­cle 240 of the Con­sti­tu­tion. There is al­ready a ban on hold­ing of dual na­tion­al­ity by the per­son­nel of armed forces un­der the mil­i­tary rules. But af­ter its pas­sage, the bill put a con­sti­tu­tional bar on them as well.

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