ECP to hear Zardari disqualification case on January 10

Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will hear a reference to disqualify Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on January 10. The ECP on Monday did not issue any notice to the former president for the initial hearing which will decide whether the reference is admissible for hearing or not. The petitioner, Khurram Sher Zaman, has been issued a notice by the election body. The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) leader had filed a petition seeking Mr Zardari’s disqualification for allegedly concealing a flat in United States. The plea maintains that the former president was elected from NA-213. “Zardari is the owner of flat situated in New York but the property is not mentioned in the asset details submitted to ECP,” says the petitioner. “Concealing assets comes under article 62 (1) (f) of the constitution. Zardari has not remained ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Amin’ (truthful and trustworthy) therefore; he should be declared disqualified,” added the plea.