The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday urged the government to not appoint dual nationality holders on positions pertaining to national security in order to ‘safeguard national security and interests.’
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar authored the 52-page verdict. The top court reserved its verdict in the case pertaining to dual nationalities of government officers on September 24.
Announcing the judgment in the suo motu case regarding those civil servants who hold dual nationalities, the top court has given certain proposals to executive and the parliament regarding the appointment of dual nationality holders.
Proposals include, formulating negative list(s) of posts within the government service to which citizens holding dual nationalities or whose spouses are dual nationals, should not normally be appointed for reasons of safeguarding national security and/or vital national interest, except with the permission of the respective cabinets.
The verdict stated that “we cannot lose sight of the fact that divided loyalty does not necessarily mean disloyalty to Pakistan. There are many dual nationals or even foreigners of Pakistani origin for that matter who possess great love and affection for Pakistan and express it in the form of foreign remittances or by working in Pakistan, etc. Nonetheless, a real concern as raised by the opponents of dual nationality is that of divided loyalties leading to potential national security risks.”
“It is in light of both the advantages and disadvantages of dual nationality that leads us to consider the adoption of a balanced approach where certain important positions in government service and public offices where indeed complete and undivided loyalty to Pakistan is required ought to be restricted to those who are citizens of Pakistan only.”