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NAB not to arrest accused candidates till elections

The National Accountability Bureau has decided not to arrest any candidate until the July 25 elections, SAMAA TV reported on Wednesday. This was decided at a meeting of the NAB’s executive board. The meeting was presided over by NAB chairperson retired justice Javed Iqbal. The NAB top brass reviewed cases against former Foreign Minister Khawaja…

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Khawaja Asif defends Nawaz, says he isn’t power hungry

Former foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif is not a power hungry individual.  Asif, while addressing an election campaign in Sialkot, said that the nation cannot be silenced with the help of sit-ins or illegal ousters of leaders. The PML-N leader said that if the nation voted for them…

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Will win elections on Nawaz Sharif’s ‘Vote Ko Izzat Do’ narrative, says Khawaja Asif

  Former Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said the PML-N is still a frontrunner in the election and it will win the elections on its “Vote Ko Izzat Do” narrative. The PML-N leader said his party had no issues with the establishment but it wants the rule of law and the constitution in the country. “We…

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Election tribunal rejects appeals against candidacies of Khawaja Asif, Firdous Ashiq Awan

An appellate tribunal rejected on Tuesday an appeal against the candidacy of PML-N leader Khawaja Asif from NA-73, Sialkot. Asif has been elected five times from his home constituency. Sarmad Hanif, a voter from the constituency, challenged Asif’s nomination papers. The tribunal termed Hanif’s application inadmissible. The tribunal also dismissed an appeal against the candidacy…

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Khawaja Asif submits nomination papers, says would never discuss personal life of any politician

Former foreign minister Khawaja Asif said he would never discuss the personal life of any leader. “This is not part of my political grooming,” he said. “Personal lives are being debated instead of solving issues of national importance.” He spoke to the media on Sunday after submitting his nomination papers for NA-73 and PP-37 in…

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Khawaja Asif disqualified no more, rules top court

Former foreign minister Khawaja Asif can contest elections and his disqualification for life under Article 62(f) is invalid, ruled the Supreme Court on Friday. The court had reserved its verdict on Mr Asif’s appeal against his disqualification. Justice Umar Atta Bandial headed the special bench and read the short order at 11am. Justice Faisal Arab and…

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Defence Minister Dastgir gets additional portfolio of Foreign Ministry

Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir has been given additional portfolio of ministry of foreign affairs after the former foreign minister Khawaja Asif was disqualified by a court on May 26. The Islamabad High Court had disqualified Khawaja Asif under Article 62 (1)(f) of the constitution for holding a work permit in UAE. Hailing from Gujranwala, Dastgir…

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Time to set aside personal agendas, intolerance will destroy us: Asif

Senior PML-N representative and ex foreign minister Khawaja Asif urged politicians to set aside their personal agendas and focus on eliminating intolerance in the country.  “Our own hands are becoming the cause of our destruction,” he said during SAMAA’s Nadeem Malik Live program. “The biggest threat to Pakistan today is intolerance. It will destroy the…

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Khawaja Asif challenges disqualification in Supreme Court

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Asif challenged high court ruling to disqualify him in Supreme Court Wednesday. On April 26, a three-member bench of the Islamabad High Court disqualified him as a member of the parliament under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution as he failed to disclose his employment with a UAE company and a…

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This is how politicians reacted to Khawaja Asif’s disqualification

KARACHI: PML-N’s Khawaja has been disqualified by the Islamabad High Court under article 62 (1)(f) of the constitution for not disclosing his employment in a UAE company and his monthly salary. Politicians have shared their views on the landmark verdict that de-seated country’s sitting Foreign Minister. Nawaz Sharif Minutes after Asif was disqualified, former Prime…

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Asif decides to challenge his disqualification in SC

ISLAMABAD: PML-N’s Khawaja Asif has decided to challenge the verdict of Islamabad High Court that disqualified him as an MNA for not disclosing his employment in a UAE company. In an interview with SAMAA, Khawaja Asif said he had never concealed his Iqama (work permit) and assets. “It was a tax matter. How can I…

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Imran welcomes Khawaja Asif’s disqualification

Another darbari of the Godfather has been disqualified, tweeted Imran Khan a few hours after Khawaja Asif was disqualified by the Islamabad High Court. The foreign minister has been disqualified under Article 62 (1)(f) of the constitution for not disclosing that he held an Iqama (residence permit) in the UAE. Imran said in his tweet…

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Analysis: Election will determine if these decisions against PML-N will have a fallout

The Islamabad High Court sent Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif packing after disqualifying him under Article 62 of the Constitution. The decision comes barely two weeks after the Supreme Court clarified that lawmakers will never again be able to hold public office if they are found guilty of violating Article 62 (1)(f) or were found not…

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Khawaja Asif disqualified for life

Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif has been disqualified by Islamabad High Court on the petition of PTI’s Usman Dar, who lost 2013 election against Asif in NA-110. A three-member bench of the Islamabad High Court headed by Justice Athar Minallah announced the verdict at 2:30pm Thursday on a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Usman Dar. Justice…

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Court to announce verdict in Khawaja Asif disqualification case

Islamabad High Court will announce the reserved verdict in the disqualification case of federal Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif today (Thursday). The IHC reserved the verdict on April 10. A three-member bench headed by Justice Athar Minallah will announce the verdict on a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Usman Dar. Dar pleaded with the court…

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Khawaja Asif, SCO FMs meet President Xi at Great Hall

BEIJING: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, along with foreign ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries, met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall on Monday. Besides Khawaja Asif, those who met President Xi, included Sushma Swaraj of India, Kairat Abdrakhmanov of Kazakhstan, Erlan Abdyldayev of Kyrgyzstan, Sergey Lavrov of Russia, Sirodjidin Aslov…

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China reassures Pakistan on ties ahead of Xi’s meeting with India’s Modi

BEIJING: China on Monday reassured Pakistan that relations between the two countries were as firm as ever and would “never rust”, ahead of a meeting this week between President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that could unnerve Islamabad. China and Pakistan like to call each other “all weather friends” and their traditional…

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Khawaja Asif arrives in China to attend SCO FMs meeting

BEIJING: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif is leading a delegation in a two-day meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization from 23-24 April, 2018, in China. His Chinese counterpart Wang Yi received him and the delegation at the state guest house in Beijing. The ministers of both the countries also held a pre-CFM…

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Pakistan to send special envoys to world capitals to highlight Kashmir unrest: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says Pakistan will send special envoys to various capitals of the world to highlight deteriorating law and order situation in the Indian-held Kashmir. “This decision has been taken in a special meeting of the cabinet which has reviewed the situation arising from the recent Indian brutalities in Kashmir,” Foreign…

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Pakistan supports President Ghani’s peace plan: Khawaja Asif

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said bringing Taliban to the negotiating table and establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan is a shared responsibility of the international community. Addressing the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan in Uzbekistan, he said Pakistan has been consistently stressing for the resolution of Afghan conflict through a political settlement. He emphasized the need…

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Asif sees Nawaz becoming PM again

SIALKOT: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday predicted that ousted premier Nawaz Sharif would become the country’s prime minister for a fourth time. Speaking at a workers’ convention in his home-town, the foreign minister said: “I have a strong conviction that Nawaz Sharif will be elected as our prime minister for the record fourth time.”…

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