Islamabad High Court disqualifies Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif

Islamabad, April 26: Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has been disqualified from Parliament for holding an Iqama (work permit) of the United Arab Emirates by Islamabad High Court on Thursday.  

The three-member special bench, delivering the verdict, said that Asif was not even qualified to participate in 2013 Elections.

A petitioner of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party, who was defeated by Asif in 2013, had filed the plea against him last year, seeking his’ disqualification for holding the foreign permit.

Last year, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as the prime minister in the Panama Papers case under Article 62 of the Constitution for failing to declare a receivable salary as an asset.

Following this, in a big blow for Sharif Pakistan’s apex court ruled that his disqualification was for life.


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