Islamabad (August 03, 2017): The Supreme Court has resumed hearing the disqualification case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan today.
A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab, is conducting proceedings into Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi’s petition seeking Imran’s disqualification for concealing his assets and the ‘foreign funding’ of his party.
Abbasi’s counsel, Sheikh Akram, is conducting a rebuttal of the defence presented by the PTI chief’s counsel.The petitioner has alleged that in his declaration of assets for tax year 2014, Imran Khan had willfully concealed his investment of Rs2.97 million to purchase a luxury apartment at Constitution Avenue’s Grand Hyatt locality in Islamabad.
Hanif Abbasi has claimed that Imran Khan concealed his financial assets and offshore company in nomination papers filed to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for 2013 general elections.The chief justice observed on Wednesday that the law does not permit collection of funds from international companies, saying the PTI chairman’s counsel will have to clarify this matter. The bench also summoned, for the second time, a copy of Imran Khan’s passport for verification of the ‘non-resident’ status.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Abbasi’s counsel contended “how someone who submitted a false certificate be considered sadiq [honest] and amin [truthful]”.
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Justice Bandial observed that the receipt of prohibited funds has to be established first. The chief justice remarked that it is the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) job to determine if prohibited funds were acquired by the PTI.
In response, Sheikh contended that the ECP has no say in this matter, and that if a commission [by the ECP] is formed, it should be asked to completely probe the matter.