Imran Khan's PTI files petition to disqualify Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif

Islamabad: A petition seeking disqualification of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif for allegedly hiding his employment with a company in the UAE has been filed in the High Court here.

A file photo of Imran Khan. Reuters

A file photo of Imran Khan. Reuters

Mohammad Usman Dar, an activist of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on Thursday  filed the petition. Dar 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.
The petition claimed that Asif had been an employee of Mech and Elec Co LLC (IMECL) since 2011 where he was working as a special adviser.

It claimed that Asif was entitled to draw salary which was his receivable asset; however, since he did not declare it in the nomination form while contesting the 2013 general elections from NA-110, he was not qualified to remain a member of the National Assembly.

The petition relied upon the recent definition of the Supreme Court regarding receivable salary, on the basis of which it disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Asif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had defeated Dar in the 2013 general elections with a margin of over 21,000 votes.

Updated Date: Aug 11, 2017 13:34 PM

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