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Kh Asif’s Disqualification: IHC to Form Larger Bench

Islamabad (September 18, 2017): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday sent a petition seeking disqualification of Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif for concealing his Iqama (work permit) to Chief Justice for constitution of larger bench to hear the case.

A single-member bench headed by Justice Amir Farooq heard PTI leader Usman Dar’s petition seeking Khwaja Asif’s disqualification for concealing Iqama.

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The court after hearing arguments of the petitioner counsel and other on the question of maintainability of the petition reserved its judgement.Later the court announced its verdict referring the petition to Chief Justice IHC with recommendation to form a lager bench to hear the petition.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Usman Dar had moved the IHC seeking disqualification of Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif for concealing his Iqama.The PTI leader sought the disqualification on the grounds that Khawaja Asif had concealed the facts that he was an Iqama-holder, legal adviser of a company in UAE and his recent labor card was issued on June 29, 2017.

Dar requested the court to initiate quo-warranto inquisitorial proceedings in this regard requiring the respondent to explain that under what law he was holding public office.

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