JUI-F seeks ban on appointment of 'dual-national' judges in SC, HC

MNA Noor Alam submits constitutional amendment bill to ban appointment of judges having foreign nationality

Nausheen Yusuf
May 21, 2024
JUI-F seeks ban on appointment of 'dual-national' judges in SC, HC
Police officers walk past the Supreme Court of Pakistan building, in Islamabad, April 6, 2022. — Reuters

ISLAMABAD: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has submitted a draft constitutional amendment to the National Assembly, seeking a complete ban on the appointment of judges in the higher judiciary who are dual-nationals.

A Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2024, has been submitted to the NA Secretariat by JUI-F lawmaker Noor Alam Khan, which sought modifications in the Constitution’s Articles 177, 193 and 208, shutting all legal routes to the appointments of those judges who have foreign nationalities.

The draft bill clearly stated that a dual-national individual shall not be appointed as a Supreme Court (SC) or a High Court (HC) judge.

It also sought to block the passage to the appointments of foreign nationals as judiciary officers and servants as well.

Raising objections over “foreign national” jurists, MNA Noor stated in the draft bill: “Judges of high courts and [the] Supreme Court must have their stakes in the country in which they hold [the] position of authority, privileged trustworthy.”

It also read, “Those who hold dual nationality of foreign states, putting at stake the interest of the country of their origin.”

Urging the legislature to promulgate the proposed law, the JUI-F lawmaker said that there is a need to ensure the loyalty of the judges in the light of Article 5 of the Constitution, and his proposed amendments will achieve aforesaid objectives.

Geo Newsobtained copies of the proposed constitutional amendments in which MNA Noor suggested changes in different clauses of the previous law reading “holds dual nationality or citizenship of any foreign country”. He suggested replacing “or” with “and” in the aforementioned paragraph.

— Reporter