Stories about Dual Nationality

Changing tides: Pakistan’s ‘brain drain’ in reverse

Pakistanis all over the world have an interest – if not an obligation – in their homeland to do what they can towards its success as a nation. Around 7 million Pakistani’s live abroad, and in 2012 sent home approximately $13 billion in remittances.  While this revenue is vital to the country’s foreign exchange reserves, it’s the expertise of these expatriates that is needed, just as much as their money. The absence of highly qualified doctors, engineers and scientists is playing havoc with the long-term economic growth of the country. A Gallup survey in 2000 confirmed the widely-held view that there has ...

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The defect in the dual nationality law

Article 63(1)(c) of the Constitution needs clarification; of that there can be no doubt. At present, it stops an individual from being chosen or elected as a member of parliament if he or she ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan or acquires the citizenship of a foreign state. The problem with this is two-fold: Firstly, it fails to recognise the many ways in which citizenship is or can be acquired and, secondly, it fails to distinguish between that which should be acceptable and that which cannot be. To illustrate my point more clearly, let me give you four examples of people who ...

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Rehman Malik: One passport and ministry short

At some point prior to the 2009 Senate elections, Rehman Malik completed and signed a nomination form which, amongst other things, invited him to declare an oath stating, … I am not subject to any of the disqualification specified in article 63 of the Constitution… Now, article 63 of the Constitution lists 12 grounds on which disqualification of a member from the parliament may occur;  one of these is if the member ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan or acquires citizenship of a foreign state. On May 29, 2012, the UK border agency advised Mr Malik that he was now registered as ...

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