ISLAMABAD: Former foreign minister Khawaja Asif’s counsel on Monday completed arguments in the Supreme Court in a review petition filed by the former minister against his disqualification.
A larger bench of the apex court was conducting hearing of the case.
In today’s proceedings, Muneer A Malik, the counsel of Khawaja Asif while presenting his arguments said that allegations of hiding Dubai bank account wasn’t part of the petition filed against his client, adding that the disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) on mere profession issue was beyond understanding.
Justice Faisal Arab said that Khawaja Asif had not mentioned his salary in his nomination papers to which Muneer A Malik said that the salary was mentioned in foreign income.
The judge further said that there is a contradiction in former minster’s high court statement and the statement he presented here and asked if he was an employee of the company in Dubai.
The counsel of Khawaja Asif admitted that he was an employee of the company.
The court then adjourned the hearing till May 31.
On April 27, IHC disqualified Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif from the parliament under Article 62 (1) (f). A three-member bench, headed by Justice Athar Minallah, had reserved verdict on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Usman Dar s plea on April-10. As per details garnered, the verdict was announced by Justice Athar Minallah.
The bench disqualified Khawaja Asif in the following words: “We declare that the Respondent was not qualified to contest the General Election of 2013 from NA 110 as he did not fulfill the conditions described under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, read with section 99(1)(f) of the Act of 1976. The petition is, therefore, allowed.
The Registrar of this Court is directed to send certified copy of this judgment to the Election Commission for de-notifying the Respondent as Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. A copy is also directed to be sent to the Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan for information.”
Afterwards, Asif challenged the decision of his disqualification over iqama in SC, saying that he unintentionally concealed the details of his bank accounts but provided them before the filing of current writ.
He further requested the court to annul the notification of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
It is worth here to mention that Dar had lost elections to Asif in May-2013. The PTI leader moved court against Asif relying on apex court’s landmark July-28 judgment pertaining to receivable salary under which the SC had ousted ex-premier Nawaz Sharif.