ISLAMABAD – The Awami National Party (ANP) is all set to bring 24th constitutional amendment with an aim to bar judges of the Supreme Court, high courts and other officers of grade-20 and above from holding dual nationality. The ANP – an ally of the ruling PPP – will bring 24th amendment in the Upper House of Parliament in its next session. Under the proposed amendment, judges would be bound to either renounce dual nationality within 90 days or leave service. The primary purpose of introducing 24th amendment is to make certain changes to Article-175.When contacted, ANP senior leader Haji Adeel confirmed that his party would bring 24th amendment in the next session of the Senate. “With the help of this amendment, a bar on dual nationality of judges of grade-20 and above from the Supreme Court, high courts, civil judges and others would be imposed,” the ANP leader said, adding that as per 23rd amendment the judiciary was exempt from such a curb. Under 24th amendment, Adeel added, judges would have no right to keep dual citizenship. On Thursday, the PPP government could not lay 22nd Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2012, and 23rd Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2012 in the Senate due to the lack of numerical strength. These bills are about dual citizenship of parliamentarians and bureaucrats, respectively. Treasury benches had to put off the presentation of the 22nd constitutional (amendment) bill for the want of members for the second time.The bill is aimed at allowing dual citizenship holders to contest general elections, and if passed, it would also render infructuous a Supreme Court judgment that led to the disqualification of as many as 12 dual national lawmakers. The amendment aims to substitute a paragraph of Clause (1) of Article 63 of the Constitution, and states, “He ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan who has acquired the citizenship of a foreign country except a state with which the federal government has a dual nationality arrangement under the law before or after the commencement of the 22nd Amendment Act, 2012.”It further says, “Any person who holds dual nationality cannot contest elections for national or provincial assemblies. A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora, if he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan, or has acquired citizenship of a foreign state, except a state with which the federal government has a dual nationality arrangement under the law before or after the commencement of the 22nd Constitutional (Amendment) Act, 2012.