Ahsan Iqbal confirms holding Iqama

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 27, 2017

According to media reports, Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning and Development, obtained Iqama from a Madina-based firm. There now three Iqamas of Khawaja Asif.

"I worked in Madina Munawarah 2004-06 afterwards retained Iqama without receiving any compensation for frequent travel hence no illegal act", he said in a Twitter message. "Some1 who chose 2 serve his country immediately after MBA from The Wharton School, passport 2 Fortune 100, doesn't have to prove anything", said the PML-N's senior leader.

He went on and maintained that he did not hide his income regarding the Iqama.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Planning said on Wednesday propaganda is being made by the political parties due to their bad intention on the Ahsan Iqbal's Iqama. He claimed that he hadn't concealed his Iqama, saying that "It is declared".

The spokesman said Mr Iqbal was not doing business in any foreign country and after the expiry of his Iqama it was not renewed.

His Iqama surfaced a day after Defence Minister KhawajaAsif's UAE iqama come to the fore.

"Have you ever seen in democracy that a prime minister of a country serves as a sale manager after getting Iqama. Similarly, we heard that Defence Minister Khawaja has Iqama of another Gulf state", the PTI chief said at a press conference on Wednesday.

PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry, also in attendance, said the PTI will submit references against federal ministers in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Khawaja Asif, who is our defence minister and handles all security forces of the country, is a Munshi (record keeper) of a UAE-based firm.

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