Supreme Court returns PTI petition against disqualification of Asif Zardari
*ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday returned a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders, seeking disqualification of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for concealing his assets.*
Raising objections on the petition, the SC registrar complained that the petitioners did not approach the relevant forum to address their greviences. “Despite presence of the forum the petitioners approached the top court.”
On Jan 21, PTI leaders Usman Dar and Khurram Sher Zaman filed the petition requesting the apex court to de-seat the former president under Article 62-1(F). The petition contained details of assets reportedly concealed by the PPP leader in his election nomination papers. They also submitted tax receipts of Zardari’s New York apartments to the court.
Earlier, on Jan 10, PTI leader from Sindh, Khurram Sher Zaman had withdrawn his appeal from the Election Commission of Pakistan, stating he had garnered key evidence against Zaradri which will be furnished before the top court.
The PTI lawmaker had moved the petition in the ECP accusing Zardari of concealing his assets. He alleged that the PPP leader owned an apartment in Belaire Condominiums located at 524 East 72nd Street in New York but didn’t disclose it in his nomination papers for the 2018 general elections.