Khawaja Asif had not just one but three Iqamas

The defence minister had mentioned his Iqama in his nomination papers

News Desk July 25, 2017
PHOTO: Express

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) claims, indeed had an iqama (a UAE firm work permit), however, he had mentioned it in his 2013 election nomination papers.

According to the Asif's election nomination papers available with Express News, he had cited his iqama issued by UAE's International and Mechanical Company under which he was hired as a legal adviser for six months.

A returning officer had cleared Asif's papers for NA-110 after scrtinising them.

Overall, the minister has held three iqamas during different periods.

PM admits employment with UAE-based firm

One from 2007 to 2010, the second from 2010 to 2011, and the third for further six months.

Asif said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the Federal Board of Revenue were aware of his iqamas. He added that he had a bank account in Abu Dhabi since 1984 and he used that channel to receive money.

PTI leader Usman Dar had demanded Asif's disqualification under articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution saying that the minister was an employee of a company in Dubai and he had not informed the ECP about his income from that source. He also claimed that Asif had benefited that company by engaging it in various projects in Pakistan.


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syed & syed | 2 years ago | Reply | Recommend This man Asif should be removed from politics and any government job in Pakistan. He is not loyal to Pakistan. He said that he is holding a bank account in UAE to receive money but he failed to say who sends him money or he is having Fixed Deposit and gets interest. Did he declare it in his nomination papers. If he his getting interest from where he got money to deposit in 1984
Muhibullah | 2 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Sohail: "Overall, the minister has held three iqamas during different periods."
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