Pakistan carries dual nationality arrangements with 12 European countries, including France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland, Finland, Switzerland, Netherland, Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Germany and Norway, said an official of the Interior Ministry.
On Friday, an official, while briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, said that Pakistan has dual nationality arrangements with 12 European countries. He told the committee that dual nationality arrangements with Portugal, Czech Republic and Luxemburg were under process.
Moreover, the National Assembly Standing Committee started with a note of discontentment over continuous absence of special assistant to prime minister on overseas Pakistanis and human resource development.
However, representative from the Interior Ministry informed the committee that under section 14(1) of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951, “if a person was a citizen of Pakistan under the provision of this Act, and was at the same time a citizen or national of another country, he shall cease to be a citizen of Pakistan, unless he makes a declaration” according to the laws of the country renouncing his status as citizen or national.
Dr. Mohammad Hashim Popalzai, the Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development then briefed the Committee on the Monitoring Policy of Community Welfare Attaches (CWAs).
He explained the committee that the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development had been directed and instructed to make efforts to improve the export of manpower and welfare of overseas Pakistanis.
The role of Community Welfare Attaches was vital in order to achieve the objective, and needed to be strengthened through proper checking and regular performance evaluation.
Furthermore, an official said that Pakistani Training Courses were acceptable in Gulf countries where above 90 percent of Pakistani Skilled Youth progressed and proceeded for employment. For European and other western countries NAVTTC had introduced the process of mutual recognition of qualifications with several countries i.e. Germany, Australia, UK, New Zealand, Finland and Singapore.