ISLAMABAD: The administration of Central Board of Revenue has once again issued directives to all the department heads to submit the details of the officers of BPS -17 and above who have dual nationality so that the details could be submitted to the Establishment Division.

Previously the administration department of the FBR issued the letter on the same subject and asked the concerned departments to submit the details of officers with dual nationality and the last date was February 1, but there was not much information received by the Administration Department with in that date, therefore, the Administration Department issued similar instruction and asked the concerned departments to submit such details by February 6.

The FBR is doing this exercise following the directives of the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar who had taken notice of dual citizenship of civil servants and judges of superior and district courts. Justice Nisar took the notice last week during the hearing of a service matter case in the court.

He directed the Secretary Establishment Division to submit a detailed report containing the names of dual national civil servants from BPS-17 to BPS-22 within 15 days. The Chief Justice also directed the “registrar of Supreme Court, Federal Shariat Court and all high courts to submit a list of dual national judges (if any) within 15 days”.

It may be mentioned that the Senate of Pakistan in 2015 had approved an amendment envisaging a ban on holding dual nationality by judges, armed forces personnel and government officials but so far it has not been implemented in letter and sprit and the Chief Justice has to take action on this issue to ensure implementation on this important issue. According to reports, there is already a ban on holding of dual nationality by the personnel of armed forces under the military rules.