Pakistani Foreign Minister disqualified to hold public office

Islamabad, April 26, IRNA - A three-member bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday disqualified Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif as a member of the parliament, official media reported.

Khawaja Asif, who is a central leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was declared ineligible for holding office on account of Article 62 (1)(f) of the constitution in a case related to his foreign permit (iqama) for the life time.

‘Khawaja Asif deliberately concealed his assets’ remarked the court in a short judgment announced by Justice Athar Minallah. Earlier the high court had reserved the verdict on April 10.

Petitioner Usman Dar of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), who lost elections to Asif in 2013, filed the petition last year, seeking the disqualification of Asif for holding a UAE iqama (work permit).

The petition said that Asif was entitled to draw a salary which was his receivable asset; however, since he did not declare it in the nomination paper while contesting the 2013 general elections from NA-110, he is not eligible to hold the National Assembly seat.

Last year, the Supreme Court also disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister of Pakistan in the Panama Papers case.
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