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Disqualification case: Khawaja Asif challenges formation of larger bench

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has challenged the formation of larger bench of Islamabad High court in Iqama case filed by PTI leader Usman Dar.

A larger bench headed by Justice Aamer Farooq has sought a written reply from the foreign minister.

The disqualification petition was filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Usman Dar, who was fielded by his party during the general elections of 2013 in NA-110, the same constituency from where Asif was elected to the National Assembly.

As per the petitioner, Asif is not entitled to hold the office of MNA nor of the federal minister under the Unlimited Term Employment Contract between him and International Mechanical and Electrical Co (IMECO), a company located in Abu Dhabi.

Asif has been hired as a full-time employee of IMECO since at least July 2, 2011 and has held various positions, including those of the legal adviser and special adviser, the petition states.

The contract signed between the foreign minister of Pakistan and the company claim that Asif was to receive a monthly basic salary of AED35,000 along with a monthly allowance of AED15,000. He is receiving the same while serving as the foreign minister at the same time.

Therefore, the petitioner has requested to declare Asif as disqualified.