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PM’s Old Stance Against Dual Nationals, Misdeclaration Of Assets Comes Back To Haunt Him

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Following the release of citizenship details of the prime minister’s special assistants, the opposition leaders and social media users are taking the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government to task by reminding Prime Minister Imran Khan’s longstanding stance against the dual nationals holding public offices. The asset details of some of the SAPMs have also generated a debate on social media.

Reacting to the revelations, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Sherry Rehman questioned how the advisers and aides of the prime minister, who are members of the federal cabinet can be dual nationals while the members of parliament can’t have dual nationalities.

In a tweet, she said: “Imran Khan has repeatedly said he stands against government aides, advisers, ministers who swear an oath of allegiance to another country. What happened to #MadeinPakistan?”

Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb tweeting a video of the premier expressing her views on the matter. She said, “His hypocrisy is shameless as his duplicity is destroying a nation. All Imran Khan is missing is a flute.”

In a separate statement, Marriyum demanded the premier and his aides to resign. “You [Imran] had said that it is not possible for ministers to have dual citizenship. You had said that if you have a passport from another country, you cannot sit in parliament. So why has the premier allowed those with dual nationalities to make decisions deciding the fate of the 22 million people in the country?”

Journalists and social media users are too criticising the premier for appointing the dual nationals as members of the federal cabinet, since he had disapproved the same practice in the past.

“Our National Security advisor, Moeed Yusuf, is a dual national. A dual national has loyalties towards another country (hear Imran Khan above.) Moeed Yusuf has access to top security secrets of Pakistan with access to top military commanders & GHQ,” a social media user said.

The assets details of the special assistants to the prime minister were also discussed on social media.

A social media user while questioning the asset details of SAPM Lt Gen (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa, inquired: “Can anyone justify price of Toyota Zx 2016 as RS3000000 & 35acres agricultural land having cost RS50000?”

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