Khawaja Asif can contest general elections.
Former foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: In a major boost for the PML-N, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday nullified the verdict of Islamabad High Court (IHC) disqualifying former foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

After the Supreme Court verdict, Khawaja Asif can take part in the upcoming general elections now.

The short decision was announced by a three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Atta Bandial. The former foreign minister had filed a review petition in the apex court against his disqualification in late April. The court said detailed verdict in the case will be announced soon.

In April, Khawaja Asif was disqualified by the IHC on the petition of the PTI leader Usman Dar under Article 62 of the Constitution for concealing facts about holding an Iqama (work permit).

Usman Dar had contested against Khawaja Asif during the 2013 general elections. He told journalists outside the Supreme Court after the verdict that now he will face Khawaja Asif in people’s court in Sialkot. He said Sialkot will witness a tough contest between him and Khawaja Asif in the elections.

Following the decision, Khawaja Asif said Allah had bestowed his mercy upon him. He thanked the judiciary for providing him justice.