Major jolt in Pakistani polity; Foreign Min Khwaja Asif disqualified from Parliament

disqualification came about for holding an Iqama (work permit) of the United Arab Emirates

It is yet another major event for the Pakistan polity as the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and country’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has been disqualified from the Parliament.

This comes as a major blow to the party ahead of the general election.

The disqualification came about for holding an Iqama (work permit) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

A three-member special bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) disqualified Asif under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.

“We declare that the Respondent [Asif] 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,” reads the judgment, as reported in the Pakistani media.

Last year, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as the prime minister in the Panama Papers case.

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