Islamabad (April 26, 2018): Islamabad High Court (IHC) will announce verdict on petition seeking disqualification of foreign minister and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif today (April-26).
The larger becnh of IHC headed by Athar Minallah will announce the verdict as the notice in this connection has been issued for all concern parties.
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Bench had reserved verdict on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Usman Dar’s plea on April-10.
As per details garnered, the verdict would be announced by Justice Athar Minallah.
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.It is worth here to mention that Dar had lost elections to Asif in May-2013. The PTI leader moved court against Asif relying on apex court’s landmark July-28 judgment pertaining to receivable salary under which the SC had ousted ex-premier Nawaz Sharif.
Dar—in his petition—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.
The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday reserved a verdict on a petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf leader Usman Dar seeking disqualification of Federal Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif for concealing his Iqama.
On April 11, A three-member IHC larger bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani reserved the judgment after hearing arguments of both the sides.Dar has sought disqualification of Khawaja Asif contending that he had concealed that he was an Iqama holder, legal advisor of a company in the UAE and his recent labour card was issued on June 29, 2017.
Dar had cited Asif, the Election Commission of Pakistan and secretary National Assembly as respondents.
Dar had contended that Asif had been a full-time employee of an Abu Dhabi-based company Int Mech & Elec Co LLC (IMECL) since July 2, 2011.
The petitioner has attached some documents with the petition saying that against his employment, Asif was entitled to receive 35000 UAE Dirham as salary and 15000 AED as monthly allowances that is being received and currently receivable being an MNA as well as foreign minister of the country.
He contended that Asif never disclosed this source of income in Pakistan and he was no more ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’.