Dual Nationals allowed to contest polls in Pakistan

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Dual Nationals allowed to contest polls in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD- Federal cabinet has approved a bill, seeking amendment in the Article 63 (1) of the Constitution of Pakistan, to allow dual nationals to contest polls in the country.

Sources privy to the matter said that a sub-committee of the cabinet rejected an idea to amend the constitution to allow dual nationals from contesting polls in the country. “The decision was, however, reversed in the cabinet meeting on the demand of federal ministers,” they said.

The federal cabinet rejected the sub-committee’s recommendations and sent the amendment to the parliamentary affairs ministry for legislation on the matter.

The new amendment although allows the dual nationals to contest polls in the country, however, Adsviser to PM on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan said the person has to withdraw from his nationality before taking an oath of his responsibility.

“However, he will not have to leave his nationality in case of losing the polls,” he said.

He termed it a landmark decision taken by the prime minister and said that they would table in the amendment in the Parliament for approval.