IHC verdict in Khawaja Asif disqualification case a strong advice for politicians in Pakistan

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IHC verdict in Khawaja Asif disqualification case a strong advice for politicians in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Islamabad High Court disqualified Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday for possession of Iqama and undeclared accounts thus being dishonest as per the constitution of Pakistan.

IHC observed in its judgment that political forces should settle their grievances in political forums.

“However, when political forces, instead of settling disputes at the political forums, particularly the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) resort to the courts, it has consequences not only for the institutions but the litigant public as well,” the concluding statements of the judgment <link> read.

“This conduct of political forces lowers public confidence in the Legislature on the one hand and on the other hand exposes the institution of the judiciary to the controversies of adversarial politics. The political forces are expected to settle their grievances before the political forums rather than taking the precious time of the bona fide litigants awaiting justice to be dispensed,” the judges added.

The three-judge bench headed by Justice Athar Minallah ruled that Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif stands disqualified from Parliament for holding an Iqama (work permit) of the United Arab Emirates.