IHC seeks Zardari’s reply in disqualification case


ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday sought a reply from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari in a petition seeking his disqualification for allegedly concealing his asset details.

The plea filed by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Usman Dar was taken up by Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah.

The bench remarked that the applicant should have contacted the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and added that parliament is the proper forum for such kind of pleas.

CJ IHC Justice Athar Minhallah deferred the hearing into the matter after issuing notice to Zardari for his reply within two weeks.

The Islamabad High Court on Jan 20, had removed objections raised by the registrar office on disqualification writs field by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), seeking disqualification of Zardari for concealing his foreign assets

Dar while expressing gratitude to the high court on the acceptance of his disqualification petition against Asif Ali Zardari, had said: “The former president will be disqualified under Article 62 (1)(F)”.

The petition filed by PTI lawmaker Usman Dar had pleaded the court to disqualify the Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman as a National Assembly member for not being “Sadiq and Amin” under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution.

It accused Zardari of owning an apartment in Belaire Condominiums located at 524 East 72nd Street in New York which he failed to disclose in his nomination papers for the 2018 general elections.