ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has called for information about the civil servants and judges in the district and superior judiciary having dual citizenship.
Taking suo moto notice, the chief justice has directed registrars of all the five courts and the Establishment Division secretary to submit reports in this regard in the next 15 days.
According to reports, the Establishment Division secretary has been asked to submit a list of Grade -17 to Grade-22 officers having dual citizenship. However, no orders have been issued for civil servants in Grade-16 and below. This is for the first time that the apex court has taken suo moto notice about the dual citizenship of civil servants as no attention was given to the issue in the past.
However, many parliamentarians were disqualified in the last few years for keeping dual citizenship. It is reported that many civil servants, particularly those who remained posted abroad have acquired dual citizenship.
Reports have been frequently appearing in the media about judges and officials having dual citizenship. Reports say that there are thousands of civil servants between Grade 17 and 22, mostly having nationalities of US, UK and Canada as well.