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    No citizenship for foreigners marrying Pakistani women By Our Staff Reporter, Pakistan http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=nat2.htm&date=20070216
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      No citizenship for foreigners marrying Pakistani women
      By Our Staff Reporter, Pakistan
      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=nat2.htm&date=20070216


      ISLAMABAD, Feb 15: The government has opposed granting citizenship
      rights to foreigners marrying Pakistani women, saying that such a
      provision can be used by any country to `plant their agents in
      Pakistan', apart from social and economic implications.

      The obsevation was made by the government in comments submitted to a
      full bench of the Federal Shariat Court, examining Citizenship Act
      1951 in exercise of its suo motu powers.

      The court, taking note of the fact that under Section 10 of the Act a
      married Pakistani man is entitled to obtain Pakistani citizenship for
      his foreign wife, was trying to determine if the provision was
      discriminatory and repugnant to Islamic principles and violative of
      the principles of democracy, equality and social justice.

      The government failed to explain why only foreign men and not women
      could misuse such a facility.

      The Federal Shariat Court's full bench was headed by Chief Justice
      Haziqul Khairi and comprised Justice Dr Fida Muhammad Khan and Justice
      Salahuddin Mirza.

      According to the government, which submitted its response

      in consultation with the ministry of interior, the directorate-general
      of immigration and passports and the provincial governments, foreign
      women marrying Pakistani husbands could not be equated with foreign
      men marrying Pakistani women.

      The government said it would amount to a blanket approval for all the
      foreign nationals to marry Pakistani women and obtain Pakistani
      nationality.

      Most of them, it said, would misuse the provision, especially illegal
      immigrants like Afghan refugees, Bangldeshis and nationals of other
      South Asian states who `do not intend to return to their country'.

      The government said that citizenship rights like entitlement to vote,
      seeking appointment to constitutional posts and equal opportunities in
      matters of public appointments might be weighed with their political
      or national interests.

      Keeping in view the matter's public importance, the Federal Shariat
      Court ordered the secretary of the ministry of religious affairs, the
      government of Pakistan, the National Commission for Women, the Aurat
      Foundation, the Human Rights Commission, Apwa, vice-chairmen of the
      Pakistan Bar Council and provincial Bar councils, president of the
      Supreme Court Bar Association and presidents of the high court Bar
      associations of Sindh, Punjab, the NWFP and Balochistan to file their
      comments in three weeks and appear before the Court on March 14.

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