Disqualified Khwaja Asif challenges court verdict in Supreme Court, Claims innocence, ‘Unintentional Mistake’

Web Desk: A three-member bench headed by Justice Athar Minallah had announced the verdict and ruled that Khwaja Asif the then  Minister for Foreign Affairs and has in the past held the portfolios of Minister for Defence and Minister for Water and Power simultaneously is not ‘honest’ and ‘truthful’ as per the Constitution.


The three bench members unanimously ruled that Asif was not qualified to contest the 2013 general election from NA-110 as he did not fulfill the conditions described under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, read with Section 99(1)(f) of the Representation of People Act 1976.

The Supreme Court disqualified then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and PTI leader Jahangir Tareen in July and December last year, respectively, for violating Article 62 (1)(f).

Moreover, the apex court recently ruled that parliamentarians disqualified over the clause will be ineligible to contest elections or hold party office for life.

Asif has stated in his review petition that he unintentionally failed to disclose his foreign work permit in his nomination papers — the basis for the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision against him.

He has pleaded the court to declare the IHC judgment null and void, and fix the matter for hearing at the apex court.

He made his intentions known last night in a public gathering at his native Sialkot.


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