Govt asks superior judiciary to identify dual national judges

* Writes letters to SC, high courts’ registrars, seeking details of dual national judges
Govt asks superior judiciary to identify dual national judges

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was told on Monday that the government has written letters to the Supreme Court and high courts for information on dual national judges.
Both the government and opposition senators on Monday expressed their helplessness in identifying judges holding dual nationality. “If no one gives details of judges of superior courts, then a special committee of Senate may be constituted to dig out names of dual nationality judges,” said Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bokhari while commenting over a resolution moved by Farhatullah Baber. 
When the House took up the resolution, Leader of House Raja Zafarul Haq said that the government has written letters to the Supreme Court and high courts’ registrars and asked them to provide details of judges having dual nationality. He also claimed that such information about judges was not available with the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, therefore, the superior judiciary was asked to provide it. He asked the Senate chairman to give a chance to judiciary to respond to the government’s letter after which the Senate can take a decision. 
He claimed that there is a difference between the government and Senate chairman point of view in this matter. “Should I constitute a special committee to dig out details of judges having dual nationality,” the Senate chairman asked the leader of the House. However, he deferred the resolution with a view that if proper response was not given to the House then the Senate will take its decision. 
Earlier, the House came down hard over PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government with regard to the recent wave of terrorism and bomb attacks in the province, especially Sunday’s fatal attack on ANP Vice President Mian Mushtaq, the other on PML-N leader Amir Muqam, and a blast at Hangu school. They were of the view that the provincial government had totally failed to protect people of the province. ANP parliamentary leader in Senate Haji Adeel noted that several big terrorist attacks have taken place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recently and even in the previous government’s tenure. 
During the ANP government, he said, there was a fight against militants by police and there was ownership by politicians. “But the PTI chief calls terrorists brothers and could not initiate any operation against them.” Raja Zafarul Haq said law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is of utmost importance and it should be debated properly in the House. Afrasiyab Khattak claimed that settled areas of the province are now heading towards “FATAfication”, a reference to the bad law and order situation in the tribal areas. 
“Extortion, kidnapping for ransom have become routine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said and claimed that the PTI government have disappointed the whole province. He suggested sitting together and finding out an amicable solution to the law and order situation. 
ANP’s Senator Zahid Khan said the writ of government was non-existent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “Why can’t Imran Khan take any action against the KP government, if he himself is not satisfied with its performance? The federal government must take action before the situations further deteriorate,” Khan demanded. 

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