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‘People will even vote for Khawaja Asif’s shadow’

ISLAMABAD: In her first reaction to the Islamabad High Court verdict declaring Khawaja Asif disqualified to hold public office, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Thursday said that Asif has been disqualified in a “fixed match”, ARY News reported.

In a series of tweets, Maryam Nawaz Sharif took a jab at the petitioner in the case-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Usman Dar- by saying that he (Dar) got Asif disqualified from court when he could not beat him in elections.

“Go get him disqualified in a fixed match who you can’t beat in polls but remember, people will even vote for Khawaja Asif’s shadow,” wrote Maryam Nawaz on Twitter.

Khawaja Asif had beaten PTI’s Usman Dar by more than twenty one thousand votes in the 2013 general elections from NA-110 constituency.

Maryam Nawaz, who has a huge following on Twitter, also changed her profile picture with an old picture of her and Khawaja Asif.

Earlier in the day, the Islamabad High Court disqualified foreign minister and long time PML-N loyalist Khawaja Asif for violating election laws.

The ruling by the Islamabad High Court was the latest in a series of court decisions that have gone against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N).

Last July, its leader Nawaz Sharif was ousted from the premiership by the Supreme Court over graft allegations and then barred from politics for life by another decision earlier this month.

Asif — who had earlier served as the country’s minister of defence — was found guilty of failing to declare several work permits in the United Arab Emirates, a violation of Pakistan’s election laws.

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