Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif disqualified from parliament: Media reports

Khawaja Muhammad Asif speaks during a joint press conference with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Afghanistan's Foreign Minister

Claiming that "no politician is happy" with Khawaja Asif's disqualification, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Friday said Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution are black laws.

He was referring to a recent Supreme Court's ruling that any parliamentarian disqualified under article 62-1F of the constitution, which requires a lawmaker to be "honest", and " trustworthy" will remain ineligible for holding any public office for life.

Asif rejected the allegations and said the petitioner had concealed from the court that the issue related to the work permit had been adjudicated by the Election Tribunal because he had already presented all required documents before the court. The court stated that Asif did not mention his foreign employment in his nomination papers.

Earlier in April, the court had reserved judgment on Dar's petition.

This, according to the petitioner, established that in spite of being a federal minister, Asif meant to surreptitiously and secretly continue with his full-time employment in the UAE in violation of his oath of office under the constitution.

Sharif and other top PML-N officials have complained that the judiciary is targeting the party ahead of the general election, which is expected in July.

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Usman Dar belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who had been defeated by Asif in NA-110 constituency of their home city of Sialkot in the 2013 general elections had challenged the qualifications of the foreign minister. "A copy is also directed to be sent to the Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan for information".

Talking to a private news channel on Thursday, he said that he reserves the right to challenge verdict of the IHC.

During the hearing, Asif had submitted a letter from the company that he was not full time employee and only worked as a consultant whose presence was not needed in the UAE, where the company is based.

The Pakistan Supreme Court disqualified PM Sharif from holding office for life in 2017.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter and senior PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz said Asif was disqualified in a "fixed match".

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