PTI withdraws disqualification petition against Asif Zardari

PTI withdraws disqualification petition against Asif Zardari

Islamabad (Staff Report): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday withdrew a disqualification petition filed in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against former president Asif Ali Zardari.

Speaking to newsmen, PTI's Sindh lawmaker Khurram Sher Zaman said that he withdrew his petition from the ECP as he was planning to move the Supreme Court (SC) against Asif Zardari.

Khurram said that he had found more evidence against Zardari, which he wished to take only to the apex court.

On December 20, the PTI's lawmaker had filed a reference in ECP seeking the disqualification of the co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for allegedly concealing his New York apartment in his tax returns.

Citing Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, the reference underscores that in his nomination form for the 2018 general elections, Asif Ali Zardari had failed to declare an apartment he allegedly owns in New York, United States.

The ECP had reviewed Zaman's reference on December 27and accorded approval for an initial hearing.

On December 19, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that the PTI had directed Khurram Sher Zaman to file a reference against Zardari for not mentioning his foreign assets in the nomination papers. “Zardari owns an apartment in the United States. Under Article 62/63, he was bound to declare his assets which he didn’t. He is not eligible to remain a member of the Parliament anymore,” Chaudhry had said.

The PPP leader is a member of the National Assembly from NA-213, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sindh.