Pakistan considers deal with Turkey on providing dual nationality to citizens

World Faizah Kamal 01-Feb-2020
Pakistan and Turkey
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On January 30, Pakistan announced a plan is under consideration to sign an agreement with Turkey regarding providing dual nationality to the citizens of the two countries.

The mention came during a meeting between Pakistan Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmad Shah and Turkish Ambassador to Islamabad İhsan Mustafa Yurdakul, according to a statement issued by Pakistan’s Interior Ministry.

According to the statement, the Turkish ambassador, on behalf of his government, proposed that both the countries should sign an agreement regarding providing dual nationality to their citizens.

“In response to this, the Minister said that the draft is under consideration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is on board with us, we hope to reach a mutual conclusion soon,” it added.

Shah also welcomed mutual training programmes and upgrading of equipment of law enforcement agencies with Turkey.

“The Minister for Interior welcomed the initiative of introducing a patrolling force in collaboration with ICT Police on the model of Dolphin force introduced in Lahore,” the statement said.

The ambassador and the minister also mutually agreed on the continuity of the training programmes being held to improve the capacity of the workforce.

Yurdakul informed the minister that the Turkish president is scheduled to visit Pakistan soon.

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu is expected to visit Pakistan in February and he will meet Shah to discuss bilateral matters, the statement said.

Pakistan’s interior minister was also informed that the Turkish Consulate that is under construction in the southern city of Karachi is the largest one in the world.