Supreme Court bars govt from appointing dual nationals on top posts

Supreme Court bars govt from appointing dual nationals on top posts

Lahore (Staff Report): The Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday directed the federal and provincial governments to not appoint dual nationals on top positions and to draft laws in this regard after approval from the Cabinet.


A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Atta Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, heard the suo motu case pertaining to dual nationalities of government officers.

During Saturday’s hearing, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) submitted a list of around 1,000 dual nationals holding government offices.

The FIA informed the court that 719 officers had declared their dual national status while the others had hidden it.

The bench directed the federal and provincial governments to legislate and take necessary measures on the issue after the approval from the Cabinet.

The bench further ordered that dual nationals not be appointed on top government posts.

On September 24, the SC had reserved its verdict in a suo moto case pertaining to dual nationalities of government officers.

The court had issued notices to the attorney general and the four provincial advocate generals in this regard.