ISLAMABAD - Political elite both in government and opposition gave cautious view on the bill, seeking disqualification of MPs having dual nationality, bank accounts, businesses and assets abroad and most of them said that the formal response on the matter would be given by their parties after its careful examination. However, the MPs belonging to PML-Q and PML-Q (Likeminded) came all-out in support of the bill and stressed the need for evolving consensus on the matter for this positive proposal. PML-N Spokesman Sadiq-ul-Farooq commenting on the issue said it is the longstanding stance of PML-N that all those who have accumulated money or assets from unknown sources either in Pakistan or abroad must be held accountable. Senator Prof Khurshid of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) while endorsing the stance of the mover of the bill said the amendment would further strengthen the institutions of the country. He was of the view that the political leadership should keep their interests in the country not abroad. However, he said if one maintains assets or business abroad after adopting Pakistans defined rules and regulations and after declaring source of income then there is no harm in it. President PML-Q (Likeminded) Salim Saifullah said his party would fully support the bill when it would be tabled in the Lower House of the Parliament. He said it is high time to introduce changes like this in the Constitution of Pakistan. He also suggested another amendment regarding inclusion of a clause in oath of Prime Minister and President, which could bind them to stay in the country for rest of their life. Senator Wasim Sajad of PML-Q termed it a positive change and suggested all the political forces to endorse the proposed bill. PPP Secretary Information Qamar Zaman Kaira said it is premature to say anything regarding the issue. He said when the said bill would be tabled in the National Assembly that PPP would discuss the matter. Haji Adeel of Awami National Party (ANP) said if one holds declared property or assets in abroad than it is not a crime. However, on the issue of dual nationality, he said, in his personal opinion this practice should be curtailed. JUI-F Spokesperson Maulana Amjad Khan commenting on the issue said that JUI-F would welcome any such move in the House. However, he said final decision would be made after party-to-party discussion on the issue. Earlier, Raza Hayat Hiraj of PML-Q has initiated insertion of a new article namely 63-B in the constitution that provides for disqualification of a parliamentarian and member of judiciary or armed forces, if he possesses dual nationality, assets or bank account abroad. The proposed amendment reads as: 63 B; Disqualification on Certain Grounds: (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the constitution or any other law for the time being in force, a person shall be disqualified from service in Pakistan or holding any office in any organisation, including members of the armed forces and judiciary; whether wholly or partly owned or controlled by the federal or provincial govt or being elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament) or provincial assembly or local govt if a) he maintains an account in any bank or financial institution in a foreign country whether in his own name, or in the name of his spouse, children or dependents or as the case may be or (b) holds a dual nationality or has a permanent resident status of any other country whether in his own name, or in the name of his spouse, children or dependents or as the case may be, or (c) holds an office of profit or interest in any company or organisation established in a foreign country whether in his own name, or in the name of his spouse, children or dependents or as the case may be, or (d) owns any property whether free hold, lease hold or even in the form of license, assets, shares or any interest in any company based in a foreign country, whether in his own name, or in the name of his spouse, children or dependents or as the cay may be, or (e) carries out business including any commercial activity in any organization or establishment based in a foreign country whether in his own name, or in the name of his spouse, children or dependents or as the case may be.