ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday heard a petition field by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), seeking disqualification of former president Asif Ali Zardari for concealing details of his assets, ARY News reported.
The court, at the outset, removed objections raised by the registrar office on disqualification writs.
The IHC registrar office had raised administrative objections over the petitions filed by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Mohammad Usman Dar and Khurram Sher Zaman, a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MPA from Sindh.
The office had said the petitioners didn’t approach the relevant forum to have their grievance addressed. “The petitioners approached Supreme Court despite presence of the aforesaid forum.”
During the hearing, the court said the petitioner must have approached the election commission. “Why do you bring political cases to the courts. A number of other cases are already pending here”, the court remarked.
Later, the court admitted the pleas for hearing.
The petition stated that the Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman is ineligible to hold office apart from seeking the court’s ruling to disqualify him from becoming a member of the National Assembly for life.
The petition was heard by Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Athar Minhallah.
Zardari, Election Commission of Pakistan and National Assembly secretary have been named respondents in the case.
The application has 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.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had returned a petition filed by PTI leaders seeking disqualification of Zardari for concealing his assets.
Couple of weeks ago, PTI leader Khurram Sher Zaman had withdrawn his plea from the election commission, stating he had garnered key evidence against Zaradri which would be furnished before the top court.
The PTI member had moved the petition in the ECP accusing Zardari of concealing his assets. He alleged that the PPP leader owned an apartment in Belaire Condominiums located at 524 East 72nd Street in New York but didn’t disclose it in his nomination papers for the 2018 general elections.
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