PM’s Old Stance Against Dual Nationals, Misdeclaration Of Assets Comes Back To Haunt Him
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.
Four now narrowed down in media. If members of parliament can’t be dual nationals how can advisors and aides who sit in cabinet? https://t.co/TCMBQqVaDH
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) July 19, 2020
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?”
یہ نہیں ہو سکتا ڈیول نیشنل پاکستان میں پارلیمنٹ میں بھی آپ آ جائیں ,آپ وزیر بنیں ، آپ ملک کے فیصلے کریں ، اگر دوسرے ملک کا پاسپورٹ ہے آپ کو اسمبلی میں نہیں بیٹھنا چاہئیے” عمران خان
His hypocrisy is shamelss as his duplicity is destroying a nation.All IK is missing is a flute pic.twitter.com/Vd9T7TTBkI
— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) July 19, 2020
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.
Yes, no one must pass judgement on anyone just because he/she has dual nationality but it was none other than @ImranKhanPTI who when in opposition questioned the credentials of those having dual citizenship! So, it is far more imp to quit hypocrisy than "quit passing judgement." https://t.co/oPBnjFV5oW
— Kamran Yousaf (@Kamran_Yousaf) July 19, 2020
I think dual nationality wasn't that big a deal until @ImranKhanPTI started declaring dual nationals as unfit for Govt. So all the PTI marka hyphenated Pakistanis, who are getting teary eyed over this reaction, need to thank their own handsome for his part in their demonization.
— Imran Khan (@iopyne) July 19, 2020
Pakistan’s national security advisor is an American citizen.
Mashallah khan sb
7 out of 17 advisors of Imran khan Niazi are dual Nationals (USA/Canadian) @SHABAZGIL b US Green card holder nikla
Via Ali Soomro #CorruPTIonSarkaar pic.twitter.com/j78lRFQqOt
— Irtaza A Qayyum (@IrtazaBaloch1) July 19, 2020
“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.
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. #CorruPTIonSarkaar pic.twitter.com/6VrE0TqB6C
— Faheem Sattar Dal (@FaheemSattarDal) July 19, 2020
— Aftab Khan Sherpao (@AftabSherpao) July 19, 2020
While Imran Khan was in opposition he used to say "foreign nationals should not be in government to run country's affairs but UTurn number 99,999 after being Selected PM – His 7 special assistants/Advisor running Naya Pakistan have dual nationality.#CorruPTIonSarkaar pic.twitter.com/S1XCuTzhl8
— Abdul Majid Kalwar (@Majid_PSF) July 19, 2020
The assets details of the special assistants to the prime minister were also discussed on social media.
Super Rich: Dr Ishrat Hussain owns multiple properties in US. His properties worth $800,000, $625,000 and $715,000. Also had cash around 0.37 million dollars.
And huge investment in Pakistan.
— Zahid Gishkori (@ZahidGishkori) July 18, 2020
Worth to read all are multi millionaire and some are billionaires, majority holding dual nationality. If you want to know what is elite capture than please read assets of special assistant and advisors of PM @ImranKhanPTI https://t.co/AYPh0QcWdd
— Asad Ali Toor (@AsadAToor) July 18, 2020
Special Assistant Petroleum Nadeem Babar is the richest man with assets worth Rs 2.75 billion
This is called Corru"PTI"on
— Alee Amir (@AleeAmir3) July 20, 2020
The Super Rich Razak Dawood owns Rs150 million in agricultural/non agri lands, has a non-agricultural land. Also declared business capital worth Rs35,533 & shares worth Rs521 million, whereas his wife owns stock of Rs51 million. He also Invested Rs400 million in many fields.
— Zahid Gishkori (@ZahidGishkori) July 18, 2020
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?”
— Tasneem Nisar (@TNA_KC) July 19, 2020