Islamabad (April 26, 2018): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Leader Maryam Nawaz on Thursday said that the masses would now even vote for the shadow of Khawaja Asif, who is declared disqualified by the Islamabad High Court today for possessing an Iqama and foreign job.
In a message posted on twitter after the Islamabad High Court decision, Maryam Nawaz said that the one who they could not contest on political grounds is declared disqualified in fixed matches.
Maryam Nawaz said that Khawaja Asif was disqualified in a “fixed match”.
“Whoever you are certain you cannot defeat in a fair match, you get them disqualified through a fixed match,” Maryam tweeted shortly after the Islamabad High Court disqualified Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif.
The former premier’s daughter also warned, “The nation will now even vote for Khawaja Asif’s shadow.”
جسکا ووٹ کے میدان میں مقابلہ نہیں کر سکتےاسکو فکسڈ میچ میں نا اہل کرا دو مگر یاد رکھو! عوام اب خواجہ آصف کے سائے کو بھی ووٹ دےگی انشاءالّلہ
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) April 26, 2018
“But remember, masses would now even vote for the shadow of Khawaja Asif,” she said.
The IHC on Thursday ruled that Asif is not ‘honest’ and ‘truthful’ as per the Constitution. The court stated that Asif did not mention his foreign employment in his nomination papers.
The three bench members unanimously ruled that Asif has been disqualified as per Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution.
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The court announced its verdict on a petition stating that Asif did not mention his foreign employment in his nomination papers.
A three-member bench headed by Justice Athar Minallah announced the verdict and ruled that Asif is not ‘honest’ and ‘truthful’ as per the Constitution.
Dar and PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry were present in court when the verdict was read out whereas no one from Asif’s side was present.As per the law, Asif will be unable to hold public or party office for life.
The verdict was reserved by the larger bench headed by Justice Minallah on April 10 after hearing arguments from both sides.
As per the petitioner, Asif was not entitled to hold office of MNA nor of federal minister under the Unlimited Term Employment Contract between him and International Mechanical and Electrical Co (IMECO), a company located in Abu Dhabi.
Asif was hired as a full-time employee of IMECO since at least July 2, 2011 and has held various positions, including those of the legal adviser and special adviser, the petition stated.
The contract signed between the foreign minister and the company claimed that Asif was to receive a monthly basic salary of AED35,000 along with a monthly allowance of AED15,000.