Legislation in favour of those of our parliamentarians who possess dual nationality is expected to be tabled in the National Assembly in the near future. The argument behind it is that many Pakistanis and others holding dual nationalities in Canada, the UK and other countries are members of their parliaments and those countries have no objection to this. The question is: those who opt for nationalities of those countries take an oath of loyalty which includes a commitment to take up arms against any country, which can be their country of birth, if necessary and fight and defend their country of adoption in case of an outbreak of war between the two countries. This means that they swear to be loyal to their country of adoption and to be disloyal to their country of birth in a crucial situation. On the contrary, if a Canadian, American or Briton adopts Pakistani nationality and swears that he would take up arms to fight for Pakistan against the country of his birth, would these countries then consider him qualified to be elected to their parliaments-perhaps eventually to be a member of cabinets too? Pakistanis who opt for dual nationalities may retain their right to vote, but must not be allowed to become members of our parliament. We already have a sufficient number of shady characters with fake degrees and doubtful loyalties sitting in our parliament, and we don’t need more of them. Khalid JavedLahore, July5.