Over 22,000 government officers in Pakistan are dual nationals

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More than 22,000 top government officers of Pakistan are dual nationals and a half of the officers belong to police and bureaucracy.

According to the report submitted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, over 22,000 government officers in Pakistan carry a dual nationality and out of which, 11,000 officers belong to police and bureaucracy as 540 of them hold Canadian nationality, 240 British and 190 American.

Whereas, dozens of government officers hold nationality of Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Ireland and other countries. The officers holding the dual nationality also include public servants from grade 17 and above, the report said, adding that six officers of Grade 22 are dual nationals.

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Key officers with dual nationality include Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Chief Secretary Kamran Baloch (PAS, Grade 22), Federal Secretary for Human Rights Rabia Agha (PAG, Grade 22), Secretary Board of Investment (BOI) Sardar Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera (Grade 22), incumbent DG Passport of Immigration Ishrat Ali (Grade 21), Sumera Nazir Siddique, Secretary Auqaf Punjab Zulfiqar Ahmed Ghuman, Customs’s Zeba Hai and others.

The government officers holding dual nationality are currently working in interior division, power division, aviation division, finance division, petroleum, commerce ministry, establishment division, information ministry, railway and others.

As many 1515 officers of the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) also hold nationality.

Moreover, in 2018, a report compiled by the Establishment Division revealed that a total of 213 government officers serving in various ministries, divisions, provincial departments and autonomous bodies hold dual nationality, with some of them assigned to key positions.

It was revealed that more than half of these officers (127) were working in attached departments and autonomous organizations, while another large group of 42 officers was posted with the provincial governments. The Azad Kashmir government had 20 such officers. Another 24 officers belong to the occupational groups.

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