Khawaja Asif disqualification case: IHC to announce fate today

Khawaja Asif disqualification case: IHC to announce fate today

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Islamabad High Court on Thursday will announce the verdict on a petition seeking Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif disqualification.

According to details, a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Usman Dar for possessing an iqama (UAE work permit) in IHC.

In the previous hearing the larger bench headed by Justice Athar Minallah reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from both sides. The court issued orders to all parties to appear on Thursday.

During yesterday’s proceedings the court inquired that how a person doing full-time job could run the ministry in Pakistan. To this, Asif’s counsel said that his client was doing a job in a Dubai-based bank before elections.

Justice Amir Farooq had asked, “A person has been barred from practicing law in Pakistan. How he is performing employment abroad.” Asif’s counsel responded that his client was acting merely as an adviser.

However, the petitioner’s lawyer told the court that Khawaja Asif’s income stood at Rs340 million per year from the aforementioned employment. He asserted that a person who was performing job abroad couldn’t be loyal to his country.