PTI withdraws disqualification petition against Zardari

  • Khurram Sher Zaman says his party plans to pursue case in Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Khurram Sher Zaman on Thursday retracted a petition filed before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking disqualification of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

During the hearing in the commission, the PTI MPA told the commission that he had found new evidence against Zardari and he intended to move Supreme Court with it.

The PTI lawmaker, during the hearing of his petition in the ECP asked for his petition to be retracted, claiming that they have found evidence that we will be presented at the highest forum.

On the instruction of ECP member, Khurram submitted a request saying “I want to take this case to the Supreme Court as I believe the evidences I have acquired are pivotal and in the best interest of Pakistan.”

Talking to media outside the ECP, the PTI leader said he withdrew his petition filed in the ECP against Asif Ali Zardari as he wanted to pursue the concealment of assets case against PPP co-chairman in the Supreme Court.

He claimed that they have more verified documents against Zardari and that they are ready to approach the top court to bring the case to a logical conclusion. “We requested the ECP to allow us to take this matter in the Supreme Court.”

PTI files disqualification reference against Asif Zardari for ‘concealing’ offshore property

After contents of the JIT report in the fake accounts case, the PTI leader had filed a petition in ECP seeking Asif Ali Zardari’s disqualification for allegedly concealing a flat in the United States.

The plea maintained that the former president was elected from NA-213 and the New York property was not mentioned in the asset details submitted with the ECP. It added concealing assets comes under article 62 (1) (f) of the constitution and that Zardari has not remained ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Amin’ therefore he should be declared disqualified.

The commission had fixed the date for hearing a reference seeking disqualification of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday.

Zardari was elected to the National Assem­bly from NA-213, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sindh, in the 2018 general elections.