Supreme Court seeks details of Army officers with dual nationality: Report

Supreme Court seeks details of Army officers with dual nationality: Report

*ISLAMABAD: *The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the submission of details regarding army officials who hold dual nationalities.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, while presiding over a three-member bench comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, ordered the Ministry of Defence to brief the SC whether the law prevented army officials and soldiers from holding dual nationalities.

Referring to the judgement in the Asghar Khan case, Justice Bandiyal remarked that the same law should be applied to defence forces to ensure that they did not hold dual nationalities.

Justice Nisar said that the apex court was just collecting data on army officials and although the SC had highlighted the issue, the parliament was responsible for updating the law. “The courts can only propose recommendations; the onus is on the government to take the matter further.”

Meanwhile, the SC’s appointed adviser, Shahid Hamid submitted recommendations to the SC.

“The federal and provincial governments should formulate negative list(s) of posts to which dual nationality holders shall not be appointed for reasons of safeguarding national security and/or vital national interests,” the report stated.

“The federal government should also be required to submit annual reports to parliament in regard to enforcement/implementation of the 1966 Act prohibiting employment of ex-government servants with foreign government and agencies.”