ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister (FM) Khawaja Asif has been disqualified from the parliament by Islamabad High Court under Article 62 (1) (f).

As per media reports, PTI leader Usman Dar had filed petition seeking disqualification of Khawaja Asif and verdict on his plea was reserved by a 3-member bench of IHC headed by Justice Athar Minallah on April 10.

Earlier, Asif had submitted company’s letter and additional documents. The letter states that full-time presence of Khawaja Asif wasn’t mandatory under consultation agreement. “Consultation from Kh Asif was either sought through telephone or during his visit to Dubai”, read the statement of the letter. The company further stated that its legal member was ready to appear before any court in Pakistan in Kh Asif disqualification case.

Dar was rival candidate to Khawaja Asif during general election 2013. Dar had moved IHC against Khawaja Asif citing to Supreme Court July-28 judgment under which former PM Nawaz Sharif was ousted.
Dar in his petition had alleged that Asif was entitled to draw a salary which fell under category of receivable asset; however, since he did not declare it in the nomination form while contesting the 2013 general elections from NA-110, he did not qualify to remain a member of the National Assembly.

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