Islamabad (April 26, 2018): Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday de-notified Khawaja Asif as a Member National Assembly (MNA) from NA-110 Sialkot-I with immediate effect.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif was disqualified by the Islamabad High Court earlier today under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution for failing to disclose his employment in a UAE company and the monthly salary he was receiving. The court had earlier reserved its verdict on the petition on April 10.
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A notification issued by the electoral body, reads: “Consequent upon disqualification of Khawaja Muhammad Asif from being a Member of Majilis-e-Shoora (Parliament) by the Hon’ble Islamabad High Court, vide judgment dated 26th April, 2018 passed in Writ Petition No. 2907 of 2017 titled “Muhammad Usman Dar Vs. Khawaja Mohammad Asif in terms of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, read with section 99(1)(f) of the Act of 1976.”“The Election Commission of Pakistan hereby de-notifies Khawaja Muhammad Asif as Member National Assembly of Pakistan from Constituency No. NA-110 Sialkot-I with immediate effect and in consequence thereof the notification No.F.2(40)/2013-Cord dated the 22nd May, 2013 to the extent of declaring him as returned candidate from National Assembly Constituency No.NA-110 Sialkot-I stands rescinded with effect from 26th April, 2018.
IHC Disqualifies Kh Asif
Earlier today, foreign Minister Khawaja Asif was declared disqualified by Islamabad High Court in a case of concealing Iqama filed by PTI leader Usman Dar today.
After the apex court decision on Article 62 (1) F, the disqualification of the foreign minister will be for lifetime. PML-N chief and political boss of Asif, Nawaz Sharif, was also disqualified for lifetime through this act.The larger bench of IHC headed by Athar Minallah along with Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani announced a unanimous verdict today as the notice in this connection was issued for all concern parties.
The written judgement from the court stated “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.”
“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,” it adds.