Khawaja Asif challenges formation of larger IHC bench

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif challenged yesterday the formation of a larger bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to hear his disqualification case. Asif faces disqualification from Parliament over possessing an Iqama a permit to work in the UAE. Submitting a 7-page reply in court, Asif challenged the formation of a larger bench on September 23. He claimed that his right of appeal has been affected by the formation of a larger bench. Asif further contended in his reply that the petitioner has gone through all legal remedies to get him (Asif) disqualified from Parliament. A larger bench headed by Justice Aamer Farooq had sought a written reply from the foreign minister today. The disqualification petition was filed by PTI leader Usman Dar, who was fielded by his party during the general elections of 2013 in NA-110, the same constituency from where Asif was elected. As per the petitioner, Asif is not entitled to hold the office of MNA nor of the minister under the Unlimited Term Employment between him and IMECO, a company located in Abu Dhabi.

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