Petition in SC seeks disqualification of federal ministers for concealing UAE permits
LAHORE: Following the disqualification of former premier Nawaz Sharif for concealing his salary from a Dubai-based company, a petition seeking the disqualification of three federal ministers on the same grounds has landed in the Supreme Court, ARY News reported.
The petition calling for disqualification of newly appointed foreign minister Khawaja Asif, interior minister Ahsan Iqbal and finance minister Ishaq Dar was filed in the apex court’s Lahore registry on Tuesday.
It was submitted in the petition that the three federal ministers deliberately concealed their Iqamas (working permits) of United Arab Emirates from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), and did not mention them in their nomination papers. They, therefore, are not eligible to hold their offices, it added.
It stated that the ECP despite being in the know did not take action against them. There should be disqualified under the Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, it argued while pleading with the court to sent them packing.
Following the Panamagate scandal, another scandal with regard to holding UAE working permits had made headlines. After former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s UAE working permit, the permits of Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal and Khawaja Asif had surfaced.