Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has finally decided to allow Pakistanis holding dual nationality to take part in elections. According to details, the decision came after, Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the federal cabinet meeting to discuss overall political situation and also to brief about US visit.
The federal cabinet also formed a committee to initiate the process of required legal amendments to this effect. The meeting decided that providing overseas Pakistanis an opportunity to participate in the political process is in the interest of the country. The Special Assistant to the PM on Information, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, said PM Khan wants dual national Pakistanis to become part of the country’s political system.
Ms Awan said the PM had issued directives to the relevant ministries as well as the Election Commission of Pakistan to come up with a comprehensive programme for giving voting rights to overseas Pakistanis. The decision, if implemented, will require an amendment to the Constitution as its Article 63 (c) reads: “A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan, or acquires the citizenship of a foreign state.”