Rehman Malik resigns as minister, made PM’s advisor (Lead)

June 5th, 2012 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, June 5 (IANS) The Pakistani government Tuesday appointed Rehman Malik as advisor on internal affairs to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani just after he resigned as interior minister following the suspension of his Senate membership by the Supreme Court.

According to Geo News, Malik was appointed advisor on internal affairs Tuesday, but the former minister later told Dawn News he has not been informed about his appointment.

The Supreme Court Monday suspended Malik’s Senate membership for holding dual nationality of Britain and Pakistan.

Malik told the court he had forfeited his British citizenship but he failed to provide sufficient documents to the apex court.

Malik told Dawn News he stepped down as he does not want any conflict with the court.

He said he has also taken off the Pakistan flag from his house and his car.

Documents from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) showed that the former minister has renounced his British citizenship.

The UKBA in a letter issued May 29 informed the minister that his request to renounce his British citizenship has been granted.

The apex court earlier suspended the National Assembly membership of Pakistan Peoples Party lawmaker Farahnaz Ispahani, and has issued notice to Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh on similar grounds of holding dual nationality.

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