Khawaja Asif Iqama case heard in IHC

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Khawaja Asif Iqama case heard in IHC

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif challenged on Monday 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 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf 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 to the National Assembly.