Pakistan's foreign minister disqualified for life

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif Disqualified for Life by Islamabad High Court

Islamabad High Court disqualifies Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif for life

Dar who lost election against Asif in 2013 had challenged the qualification of Asif as the member of parliament for not declaring his job and salary in the UAE while contesting the polls.

The Islamabad High Court on Thursday disqualified the country's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif for holding a work permit in the United Arab Emirates and hiding his income, local media reported. Both hadn't declared employment ties to companies in.

Mohammad Usman Dar, an activist of Imran Khan's PTI had a year ago, filed a petition seeking the disqualification.

Last July, its leader Nawaz Sharif was ousted from the premiership by the Supreme Court over graft allegations and then barred from politics for life by another decision earlier this month. It further said that the petitioner had approached the high court by concealing material facts and his conduct and motive are based on mala fides.

This is not the first time that a minister has been disqualified from holding office.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Minallah announced the verdict and ruled that Asif is not "sadiq" and "ameen" as per the Constitution. However, Wikipedia, quickly updated Khwaja Asif's profile indicating his stint as foreign minister: from 4 August 2017 to 26 April 2018.

Asif, the stalwart of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, has won all the five elections he contested for the lower house from 1993 to 2013.

Petitioner Usman Dar of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), who lost elections to Asif in 2013, filed the petition past year, seeking the disqualification of Asif for holding a UAE iqama (visa). Khawaja Asif on April 16 submitted a letter of an Abu Dhabi company where he is employed. "A copy is also directed to be sent to the Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan for information".

Asif could not be immediately reached for comment but the Geo TV channel said he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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.

While PTI was overjoyed, Maryam Nawaz on the other hand said Khawaja Asif was disqualified in a "fixed match".

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