ISLAMABAD  - Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior lawmakers are all set to engage in talks to resolve disparity over the 'dual nationality right to parliamentarians' by the end of this month.
The pending issue of divergence of opinion over dual nationality right to parliamentarian will thoroughly be deliberated in the presence of former President Asif Ali Zardari by the end of current month, sources in PPP shared with The Nation.
"Some PPP senior lawmakers from Senate and National Assembly are willing to resolve the issue before the start of upcoming session of both the Upper and Lower House," said sources, adding that the PPP lawmakers after resolving the issue within the party will also table the bill in the House.
It is relevant to mention here that the PPP lawmakers from lower and Upper houses despite series of parleys to settle the issue amicably could not reach on consensus to introduce amendment in the article 62 & 63 of the constitution (related to dual nationality) in the National Assembly.
Sources said the PPP MNAs seeking amendments in the article 62 & 63 of the constitution were all set to move the National Assembly (NA) but party's senior senators strongly went against it and resisted the plan.
The article 63 of the constitution about 'disqualification for membership of parliament' says, "A person shall be qualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan, or acquires the citizenship of a foreign State."
PPP Senator Raza Rabbani along with other party's senators was not in favour of giving right of dual nationality to parliamentarians despite knowing the top brass is in its support.
Talking to The Nation, Senior PPP Senator Raza Rabbani was much hopeful to sort out the matter by the end of this month. "I have reservations on it but now the matter will be deliberated in length to reach on consensus," he said, admitting the difference between the point of view of some senior lawmakers from National Assembly and Senate. Rabbani further said that this issue would be resolved before the start of upcoming session of both the Houses.
It would not be out of place to mention here that Rabbani in the former ruling clique (PPP) era had strongly opposed any amendment in this regard and resultantly the previous government failed to move the bill in the Parliament.
A bill in the Senate for putting a bar on all public office holders, bureaucrats and even judges to keep dual nationality had proposed that no dual nationality holder can hold any office of state or join government service.
It is pertinent to mention here Leader of opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshhed Shah a couple of days before talking to this scribe had shared that former President Asif Ali Zardari will get himself involved in the matter to resolve the matter in the party ranks. He had also admitted difference of opinion between the lawmakers on this issue.