IHC to hear petition seeking Zardari’s disqualification today

Zardari files petition against FIA's probe into fake accounts case

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday set hearing of a petition seeking disqualification of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on accusations of concealing his assets in New York.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Khurram Sher Zaman and the incumbent Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar on Monday had filed the petition.
However, the court had ordered the petitioners to satisfy that the matter was related to ‘public interest’ and remove certain reservations before proceedings of the case.
Moreover, Justice Athar Minallah expressed annoyance over the issue with remarks that “why the court is being approached on political matters while the concerned authority is the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)”
“There are already many cases pending in the court,” he stated, adding that it was time to strengthen the parliament that could form a committee to resolve the issue.
The petition maintained that the former president was elected from constituency NA-213, and his property in New York, US, was not declared in the asset details submitted with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The petition pleaded with the court to disqualify Zardari from holding membership of the National Assembly for not being ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Amin’ under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution.


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