Supreme Court to hear petition of Khawaja Asif challenging his disqualification by IHC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan will hear Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) senior leader Khawaja Asif’s petition challenging his disqualification by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) today.

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Asif had challenged his disqualification verdict in the Supreme Court on earlier this week.

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 IHC decision against him.

On last Thursday 26th April, the IHC with a “heavy heart” had  announced the verdict on the plea of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf stalwart Usman Dar against the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif, seeking the court to disqualify the latter over hiding his Iqama(Work Permit)  contract while submitting his election nomination papers of the United Arab Emirates.

The Court observed that the petition submitted by Usman Dar is maintainable, therefore Khawaja Asif is disqualified for hiding his Iqama(Work Permit) in Election Nomination paper, also ruling the latter for not being  ‘Sadiq and ‘Ameen’ under the article 62(1)(f) of the constitution of Pakistan.

Earlier the court reserved its verdict on April the 10th, as the the larger bench  was headed by Justice Athar Minallah.

According to the petitioner, the foreign minister was not entitled to hold the office of MNA nor of the federal minister under the Unlimited Term Employment Contract between him and International Mechanical and Electrical Co (IMECO), a company located in Abu Dhabi.

Asif has been hired as a full-time employee of IMECO since at least July 2, 2011 and has held various positions, including those of the legal adviser and special adviser, the petition states.

Earlier that day, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said that Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif degraded the sanctity of the vote himself by having an Iqama (foreign work permit).

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