Government finds 3 dual nationals in IB, NAB
09 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The government's exercise to get information about dual nationality holders could unearth only three employees with dual nationality, as 35 ministries and divisions have yet to provide information in this regard.
According to details submitted with the National Assembly in response to queries sought from the parliamentarians, the three employees having dual-nationality are from Intelligence Bureau and National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Zafar Iqbal, assistant director IB, also holds nationality of Canada and Adnan Mehmood and Muhammad Abbas Khan, assistant directors NAB, have the nationality of Norway and Australia, respectively.
The information collected revealed that no person was identified with dual nationality in the Prime Minister's Office, Establishment Division, President's Secretariat, Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Division. Also in Parliamentary Division, Narcotics Control Division, National Food Security and Research Division, Foreign Affairs Division and Education and Training & Standards in Higher Education Division, no employee was found with dual nationality. On the other hand, Aviation Division has not submitted the details about its employees having dual nationality.
However, Adviser to Prime Minister on Aviation Shuja Azeem has been sent packing for having dual nationality by the Supreme Court. Cabinet Division, Capital Administration & Development Division, Climate Change Division, Commerce Division, Communication Division, Defence Division, Defence Production Division, Economic Affairs Division, Finance Division, House & Works Division, Industries & Production Division, Information Technology & National Heritage Division, Telecom Division and Interior Division have not submitted any detail so far about the dual national employees in their respective and sub-departments.
Same is the case with Inter-Provincial Coordination, Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan Ministry, Law, Justice & Human Rights Division, National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination Division, Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resources Ministry, Petroleum & Natural Resources Ministry, Planning & Development Division, Privatisation Division, Ports & Shipping Division, Railways Division and Revenue Division. Science & Technology Division, States & Frontier Region Division, Statistics Division, Textile Industries Division, Water & Power Division, Wafaqi Mohtasib's Secretariat, Auditor General of Pakistan Office and all chief secretaries of the provinces are yet to provide this information.
The issue of dual nationality triggered a storm during the PPP tenure when many parliamentarians were deprived of their membership of parliament after they were found dual nationals.