ISLAMABAD: Khawaja Asif disqualified, A three-member bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC) headed by Justice Athar Minallah has disqualified Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif under section 62, 63 of the Constitution for holding a UAE Iqama (work permit).
However, claiming that he had never tried to hide his Iqama, Khawaja Muhammad Asif said he would move the SC.
It is pertinent to mention here that the larger bench (comprising Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Aamer Farooq & Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani) was hearing to a petition filed by PTI’s Usman Dar in 2017.
Petitioner’s counsel, maintaining that Asif had not declared the fact that he held a foreign work permit in the nomination papers, nominated Khawaja Muhammad Asif, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the National Assembly secretary as respondents and sought relief under Article 199(1)9b)(ii) read with Article 63(1)(f).
Prosecution counsel, pointing out that Khawaja Asif had signed Unlimited Term Employment Contract with Abu Dhabi-based International Mechanical and Electrical Company Ltd., told that he was drawing AED50,000/m working as an adviser.
In the last general elections petitioner Usman Dar had contested against Khawaja Asif from NA110 (Sialkot-1) constituency.
Justice Athar MinallahJustice Aamer Farooq
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani