Khawaja Asif challenged IHC’s verdict of his disqualification

PML-N leader Khawaja Asif on Wednesday challenged the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) verdict announced last week — that led to the now former foreign minister’s disqualification as a member of the parliament — in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

A three-member special bench had disqualified Asif as a lawmaker under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution for not disclosing his employment in a UAE company as an occupation as well as the monthly salary he was receiving.

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“Respondent [Khawaja Asif] was not qualified to contest the general election of 2013 from NA-110 as he did not fulfil the conditions described under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, read with Section 99(1)(f) of the Act of 1976,” the IHC bench — comprising Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani — had declared.

Asif, admitting that he was unable to declare his foreign bank account in the nomination papers “unintentionally”, accused the petitioner, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)’s Usman Dar, of hiding facts from the court.

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