About the same time as Secretary Clinton and other powerful members of the ‘Company Bahadur’ were landing at Islamabad airport last week, a US citizen was quietly assuming his responsibilities as the Governor State Bank of Pakistan. There are others who enjoy the unique distinction of being Pakistan’s ambassadors in their own countries. A week earlier the Governor of Sindh a British subject, in complete violation of the university rules awarded an honorary PhD degree to a fellow British citizen, who also doubles as the Interior Minister of Pakistan. The Leader of MQM has taken oath of loyalty to the Queen of England, her heirs and successors, while the Auditor General of Pakistan is a Canadian citizen. Dozens of other constitutional appointment holders including an estimated 30-40% of all Parliamentarians possess foreign nationalities and owe their loyalties to other countries.
This is despite Article 63 (1) of the constitution which clearly states that a person shall be disqualified from beingelected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan, or acquires the citizenship of a foreign state. It took some 150 years before the East India Company could begin to place British officers in position of authority in India. It took much lesser for the new imperial order to do so in Pakistan.
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