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Special Assistant cannot be disqualified on dual citizenship: Islamabad High Court

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has rejected a petition seeking removal of special assistants of the Prime Minister who have dual citizenship. The decision said that the Prime Minister is accountable to the people and cannot run the state system alone. There is no restriction on dual citizenship, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on dual citizenship cannot be doubted.

Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Athar Minallah has issued a written decision rejecting a petition seeking suspension and dismissal of the Prime Minister’s aides with dual citizenship.

The decision said that the request to remove the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister due to dual citizenship is rejected. The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister cannot be disqualified on the ground of dual citizenship. A person with dual citizenship is also a Pakistani.

The decision states that the Prime Minister is accountable to the people, cannot run the state system alone, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister cannot be doubted on dual citizenship, the appointment of the Special Assistant is the prerogative of the Prime Minister and there is no restriction on numbers. ۔

It may be recalled that Pakistan Munsif Party Chairman Malik Munsif had challenged the appointment of dual nationals as special assistants.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice remarked that Article 93 deals with advisers and not special assistants. Where is it written in the constitution that assistants cannot have dual citizenship.

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