ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s counsel, on Thursday, told the Supreme Court (SC) that the PTI leader’s former wife, Jemima Khan, confirmed receiving £562,000 from Imran in 2003 after the sale of the London apartment.
Jemima will contact her bank to provide proof showing that the said amount was received in her account from the account of the PTI chief’s offshore company Niazi Service Limited, explained Naeem Bukhari. The explanation was given to a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, resuming the hearing of a petition from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi seeking Imran’s disqualification on the basis of his ‘differing’ statements regarding the acquisition of land in Bani Gala.
Bukhari also submitted a letter written by the PTI chief to his bank in 2003 for the transfer of the said amount into his ex-wife’s account.
During the case proceedings, Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked that the court was only looking into the source of fund and movement of money as it was not conducting the tax proceedings. “Imran Khan is a public office holder but does not have public funds,” the judge observed.
Meanwhile, the CJP observed that the PTI chief’s counsel has yet to prove remittance of £0.1 pounds from Jemima for the purchase of the Bani Gala land in 2002-03.
Concluding his arguments, Bukhari said his client was facing four sets of allegations. “One of the allegations is that Imran did not disclose his Grand Hyatt flat in the nomination papers of 2013,” he said. “My defence is that the flat was disclosed before the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and not the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP),” he argued.
Bukhari further stated that the Bani Gala land was purchased for Jemima to encourage her to stay in Pakistan. The hearing has been adjourned until Tuesday.
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