Pakistan Supreme Court struck down disqualification of Khwaja Asif

Vastavam web: Pakistan Supreme Court today struck down a high court order that disqualified former foreign minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif, making him eligible to contest in the upcoming elections. Asif on April 27 was disqualified by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for failing to disclose his employment in a UAE company and the monthly salary he was receiving.A three-member bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandia overturned the decision of the Islamabad High Court to disqualify PML-N leader Asif for life.

The Supreme Court observed that it would unfair to destroy the career of a parliamentarian because he failed to quantify his assets, though he disclosed their source under the relevant law.Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Mohammad Usman Dar whose petition led to Asif’s disqualification accepted that verdict but said he would defeat Asif in elections.