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PPP divided over dual nationality of MPs

13 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) is divided over the issue of dual nationality of parliamentarians. Party MNAs are in favour of a constitutional amendment for giving the right of dual nationality to the parliamentarians while in the Senate, majority of its senators are against it.

According to sources, although the top party leadership is also in favour of allowing dual nationality for parliamentarians, yet the party faces stiff resistance in the Senate, led by Mian Raza Rabbani, for any such move. The sources said that despite division within the party, the PPPP legislators in the National Assembly had given a go ahead for submitting amendment in the Constitution to this effect.

During the tenure of the PPP government Raza Rabbani had vocally opposed any amendment in this regard and resultantly the previous government failed to move the bill in the parliament.

Mian Raza Rabbani and Ms Sughra Imam had submitted a bill in the Senate for putting a bar on all public office holders, bureaucrats and even judges to keep dual nationality and had proposed that no dual nationality holder can hold any office of state or join government service.

Interestingly, the Senate committee on Law and Justice is taking up this bill for consideration in its meeting today (Thursday).Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah also admitted that the party is divided over the issue.

However, Syed Khursheed Shah said the party will discuss the issue and the final decision would be taken up by the top leadership of the party. "The decision whether or not to go for constitutional amendment through a bill will be taken by the top leadership of the party," he said.

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