PTI files disqualification petition against Zardari

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) PTI leader Usman Dar Monday filed a disqualification petition in the Supreme Court against former President Asif Ali Zardari for allegedly lying about his assets in the nomination papers.

Zardari was elected member of the National Assembly from NA-213 Nawabshah seat during the July 25 general election. Dar’s petition says that Zardari should be disqualified because he is the owner of an apartment in New York and two bulletproof cars. The assets are worth Rs143.7 million. Zardari hasn’t declared the apartment in his nomination papers.

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader should be disqualified under Article 62 (i) (f) of the Constitution for hiding asset details, the petition says. Article 62(i)(f) of Constitution deems it necessary for all members of the parliaments to be sadiq (truthful) and amen (honest). They are prohibited from hiding information about their assets.

Zardari, the Election Commission of Pakistan, and the National Assembly secretary have been named as respondents in the case.

On January 10, the PTI withdrew its petition seeking the disqualification Zardari. It had filed a petition in the ECP. PTI member Sindh assembly Khurram Sher Zaman took back the petition and said that he has found more proof against Zardari and wants to take the case to Supreme Court.