Pakistan’s opposition demands resignations of advisers holding dual nationality

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Pakistan's opposition demands resignations of advisers holding dual nationality
Pakistan's opposition demands resignations of advisers holding dual nationality :File Photo

Pakistan’s opposition parties while criticising at the PTI government demanded resignations of ministers and advisors holding dual nationality.

PPP leader and Member National Assembly (MNA) Nafeesa Shah said that the information about assets and dual nationalities of advisers and special assistants to the premier had opened a “pandora s box”.

She said that giving Moeed Yousaf, an American citizen, access to sensitive issues, including national security, is a matter of grave concern, adding that Nadeem Babar s shares in petroleum companies is a conflict of interest. “The selected Prime Minister has been exposed,” she said.

Senator Sherry while taking a jibe at the prime minister said that Imran Khan has repeatedly said in the past that he stands against government aides, advisers, ministers who swear an oath of allegiance to another country.

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She questioned whether dual nationals were building “Naya Pakistan”, adding that if PM Khan did not know, it is a matter of further concern.

On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Marriyum Aurangzeb also demanded resignations of PTI government’s ministers and advisors holding dual nationality.

The PML-N spokesperson stated that PM Imran Khan had said that those having dual nationality cannot take decisions for the country. She further asked why those possessing foreign passports have been allowed to sit in the cabinet.

The reaction came after federal government had released asset details of Prime Minister’s Advisors and Special Assistants. Notably, five Special Assistants hold dual citizenship.

Tania Aidrus, Special Assistant to PM for Digital Pakistan, holds Canadian and Singaporean citizenship. Special Assistant for Petroleum Nadeem Babar is a US citizen with assets worth Rs 2.75 billion.

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Special Assistant Parliamentary Coordination Nadeem Afzal Chan also holds Canadian citizenship while Shahbaz Gill is an American green card holder.

Special Assistant for overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari has permanent British citizenship and owns over 1,300 kanals of land in Pakistan.