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IHC asks where does Constitution say PM's assistants can't be dual nationals

IHC asks where does Constitution say PM's assistants can't be dual nationals
July 30, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved its verdict on whether a case challenging the appointment of special assistants to the prime minister is fit for trial. Chief Justice Athar Minallah reserved the verdict on Thursday. “Where is it written in the Constitution that assistants can’t hold dual nationalities?” he asked. After taking charge, the prime minister has to shoulder many responsibilities, he said. “What’s the issue if he takes help from someone?” The petitioner’s lawyer argued that under Article 93, the prime minister can only have five advisers. “Article 93 relates to advisers, not special assistants,” remarked Justice Minallah. Show me where the Constitution says special assistants cannot hold dual nationalities, he told the petitioner. The lawyer contended that while this wasn’t mentioned in the Constitution, it was in the Rules of Business. Rule 15 contains this restriction, said the petitioner’s lawyer. But Justice Minallah said Rule 15 was removed in 2010. Earlier, the federal government revealed the details pertaining to the assets and dual nationalities of 15 special assistants and advisers of Prime Minister Imran Khan as four of them have dual nationality. According to the numbers present on the cabinet website, the assets and liabilities of the advisers and special assistants in the premier’s federal cabinet has been revealed. There are three billionaires in the premier’s cabinet. Shortly after the severe criticism by the public, Special Assistant on Digital Pakistan Tania Aidrus and Special Assistant on Health Zafar Mirza resigned from their posts. Aidrus cited criticism over her Canadian nationality as the reason for her resignation.