Larger bench to hear disqualification case of Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: Justice Aamir Farooq referred the case seeking disqualification of foreign minister, Khawaja Mohammad Asif, to chief justice of Islamabad High Court for constituting a larger bench on the issue.

In his written order Justice Aamir stated that “after hearing the contentions of the counsel for the petitioner I am of the opinion that the issues raised in the petition are of first impression and involve interpretation of the election laws as well as constitutional provision and in view of the situation it is just and proper that petition be heard by a larger bench”.

The court further ordered to the office to place the file before the chief justice for appropriate order.

Following piece of the petition was also made part of the

order in which petitioner Mohammad Usman Dar, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader alleged that the foreign minister was elected as MNA from NA-110 in general elections held in 2013 but he did not declared his income from employment with a company under the name and style “International Mechanical & Electrical Company (LLC)”.

He further pointed out that the agreement was in existence in 2013 and had been recently renewed on 31.05.2017 under which Mr. Asif was drawing salary of approximately 14000 UAE Dirham. He added that the refer source of income was not disclosed in the nominations papers submitted before the ECP.