Citizenship Laws of Pakistan: A Critical ReviewJournal: Policy Perspectives (Vol.16, No. 2)
Publication Date: 2019-12-31
Authors : Syed Nadeem Farhat;
Page : 59-85
Keywords : Citizenship; Nationality; Migration; Jus Soli; Irregular Immigration;
Citizenship is considered a fundamental right that guarantees every other right. Citizenship law of Pakistan was enacted in 1951 and took care of the situations that could presumably arise with respect to this right. The changes in geography, technology and demography as well as the evolution of international law on citizenship during almost seven decades have created certain gaps that may have implications for individuals and their rights might be at stake. Varying interpretations of the courts on certain dimensions of law as well as the failure to introduce the modifications suggested by superior judiciary are among the factors that cause concerns. Along with the Citizenship Act and the law for naturalization, the treatment of foreigners in the country too has certain serious shortcomings that may have severe implications. This paper focuses more on the statutes and their current interpretation. It underscores the significance of the right to citizenship and analyzes various scenarios for acquisition of citizenship, its loss, the status of foreigners and judgements under Pakistani citizenship laws.
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