Maryam Nawaz terms Khawaja Asif's disqualification a 'fixed match'

Khawaja Asif has said that enhancing relations with Russia was part of our foreign policy

Khawaja Asif has said that enhancing relations with Russia was part of our foreign policy

Dar had sought disqualification of Asif alleging that the foreign minister did not declare details of his employment contract with a UAE-based company and also concealed the salary details.

With the support of my leader Imran Khan, seniors, PTI workers, social media activists and lawyers, I have overcome this challenge and brought this fraudster under the long arms of Law.

A three-judge bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Kayani handed down this decision and ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to immediately de-notify Asif as a member of the National Assembly. "The government must focus on more important issues such as appointing a new foreign minister immediately", she added. The PTI member accused Asif of concealing the facts about holding an Iqama [foreign work permit] of United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Asif said that his wife has an account in NY and which had already been declared.

The petition against 68-year-old Asif was filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Usman Dar, seeking his disqualification for holding an Iqama (work permit) of the UAE.

On April 10, a larger bench of the high court had reserved its verdict over the petition filed by Usman Dar for disqualifying the foreign minister.

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Likewise, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen was disqualified on Dec 15 a year ago by a separate bench of the apex court under the same provision. Dar had lost to Asif in the 2013 elections from the NA-110 constituency, according to Dawn.

Earlier this year, the country's apex court also disqualified Jahangir Tareen, a leader of PTI, for hiding his assets present overseas.

The ruling by the Islamabad High Court was the latest in a series of court decisions that have gone against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N).

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During the last hearing, the court inquired that how a person doing a full-time job could oversee a ministry in Pakistan.

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