Dual nationals can’t interfere in internal politics: SC

ISLAMABAD: Hearing Dr Tahirul Qadri’s petition for reconstitution of Election Commission of Pakistan ECP, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that dual nationals could not be allowed to interfere in the internal politics.

During the hearing, Minhajul Quran International MQI chief Dr Muhammad Tahirul Qadri submitted papers and a copy of his passport in the court to justify his right to file petition for ECP’s reconstitution. He told a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed that he used a Pakistani passport for visiting Pakistan and Canadian for going to Canada.

The Chief Justice asked Qadri that he is known as the “Shaikhul Islam” but has sworn his allegiance to Queen Elizabeth. “The doors of the parliament are closed for you but your interference in domestic politics is questionable,” the CJ added.

To a court query, Qadri said he was a Pakistani citizen and could renounce his citizenship any time. He said the court had also taken up the memogate case on a letter sent by a Canadian citizen. The Chief Justice noted that a person who had taken oath for loyalty to another country would not be permitted to influence Pakistan’s politics and to file a petition for reconstitution of the ECP.

The court told him that he had filed his petition under a quo-warranto, thus it did not fall under Article 184 of the Constitution. The court asked him that he should approach a high court, which was a proper forum for it. Later the court adjourned the hearing for today Wednesday. Dr Qadri will continue his arguments today over maintainability of his petition.

Later after adjournment of the case, Qadri told media persons that the court wanted to determine whether it could resolve his issue as he was a dual national before discussing the ECP reconstitution. He reiterated that voters could be dual nationals but a dual national could not contest elections.