Khawaja Asif is safe from disqualification case

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Pakistan’s top court on Friday overturned the lifetime disqualification of former Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, nullified the Islamabad High Court’s earlier verdict and declared Asif eligible for upcoming general election, which are scheduled to be held on July 25. The Islamabad High Court disqualified the than foreign minister as member of parliament for life for hiding assets and not disclosing his employment in a UAE-based company. Asif, a close aid of former premier Nawaz Sharif, was disqualified under article 62-1F of the constitution, an article under which Sharif was ousted in July last year by the country top court.