Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif sacked as Member of Parliament

Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif sacked as Member of Parliament

The three-member special bench announced the judgement on Thursday, stating that Asif was not even qualified to contest polls in 2013.

The Islamabad High Court also directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to de-notify the lawmaker and according to the judgment, Asif will be unable to hold public or party office.

Sharif, 68, a three-time former prime minister, was disqualified and removed from office a year ago on corruption allegations against his family.

He alleged Asif's employment with a foreign company violated the oath the minister took while taking office.

Ending its judgment, the bench observed that politicians should resolve such issues in Parliament rather than dragging the courts in their conflicts. "We have handed down this judgment with a heavy heart not only because a seasoned and accomplished political figure stands disqualified but more so because the dreams and aspirations of 342,125 registered voters have suffered a setback", the bench was quoted as saying by Dawn.

Earlier this month, the court had reserved its verdict against the plea filed by Usman Dar of the PTI.

The court had issued a notice to all parties to appear before it today.

Asif told Geo news that he had never concealed his iqama.

The petition was filed by a member of the Opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party, The Times of India reported. With the support of my leader Imran Khan, seniors, PTI workers, social media activists and lawyers, I have overcome this challenge and brought this fraudster under the long arms of Law. He also thanked Jahangir Tareen - PTI leader who was also disqualified under the same Article (62)(f) a year ago.

Dar stated that he was a candidate for the National Assembly seat in 2013 general elections from NA-110 Sialkot on the ticket of PTI.

As per the petitioner, Asif was not entitled to be a Member of the National Assembly nor a federal minister under the unlimited term employment Contract between him and International Mechanical and Electrical Co (IMECO), a company in Abu Dhabi.

Leading up to the verdict, Sharif's counsel - Khawaja Harris - had conceded before the court that Hassan Nawaz, the prime minister's younger son, was the owner of Capital FZE and Sharif its chairman.

This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves.

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