Khudayar Mohla –
Invoking Supreme Court jurisdiction on Monday two leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf sought disqualification of PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari over failure to disclose accurate assets in nomination papers.
Member Sindh Assembly Khurram Sher Zaman and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar filed the pleas making Asif Ali Zardari, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and National Assembly secretary as respondents.
Both the leaders submitted that Asif Ali Zardari didn’t provide details pertaining to ownership of an apartment in New York City, United States, in the nomination papers filed ahead of the general elections. They claimed that Zardari also failed to disclose two bulletproof vehicles which according to them is violation of Article 62(f)(i) of the Constitution and Section 231 of the Election Act, 2017.
Besides, the petitioners said that Zardari occupies more than one office – apart from co-chairing PPP, he is also president of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) which is violation of Article 63 (a) of the Constitution.
“Both the apartment and the armoured vehicles have not been disclosed in the Form B of the nomination papers filed by Asif Ali Zardari on July 6, 2018, as a candidate for NA-213,” the petitioners said.
While giving grounds for the pleas they claimed that Asif Ali Zardari was allegedly involved money laundering of billions of rupees through fictitious bank accounts.
It is worth mentioning that the PTI had decided to file the pleas against Asif Ali Zardari disqualification from membership of Parliament when a Joint Investigation Team formed in pursuance of the apex court directives had submitted findings in fake accounts suo motu case before the Supreme Court
Likewise, Zaman had earlier withdrew application against Zardari from ECP on the grounds that he will file petition before the Supreme Court with fresh evidence.
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