Supreme Court Negates Disqualification Verdict of Khawaja Asif by IHC


ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan has made void, the disqualification of PML-N leader, Khawaja Asif, by Islamabad High Court.

Khawaja Asif was disqualified and ousted from office as Foreign Minister by Islamabad High Court. The decision came as a result after PTI leader, Usman Dar, had filed a petition for disqualification of Asif.

The decision was announced by a three-member bench of Supreme Court. The bench headed by Justice Umar Atta Bandial reserved its verdict on the case earlier today.

Khawaja Asif had plead to the court that he was disqualified from office of Foreign Minister on three grounds. These being: holding an Iqama (foreign employment), not declaring his salary and a sum of 4,700 UAE dirhams in his nomination papers.

Challenging the IHC’s decision, Khawaja Asif’s Counsel Muneer A. Malik informed the apex court that there was never a transaction conducted in the Dubai bank account which was closed on July 7, 2015.

Malik also argued nomination papers of 2013 elections only asked for three prior years of tax declarations. Khawaja Asif had declared that, before adding that Asif’s tax declaration from 2012 included tax details of Foreign Employment.

On April 2018, Asif was disqualified by the Islamabad High Court under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution for concealing facts about holding an Iqama.


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