SC reverses IHC’s verdict about Khawaja Asif’s disqualification—qualified to contest elections

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has annulled the verdict of Islamabad High Court (IHC) disqualifying former foreign minister Khawaja Asif from the office.

The decision is announced by a three-member bench headed by Justice Umar Atta Bandial. Asif had filed a review petition in the SC against his disqualification in late April.

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Asif’s counsel Muneer A. Malik, in the plea, had informed the court that the former foreign minister was disqualified on three grounds: ie, holding an Iqama, not declaring his salary in his nomination papers, and not declaring a sum of 4,700 UAE dirhams in his nomination papers.

Challenging the IHC’s decision, Malik said that there had never been a transaction in a Dubai bank account which was closed on July 7, 2015.

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