SC Adjourns Hearing of Tareen Disqualification Case

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Islamabad (November 07, 2017):  Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has remarked that dishonesty was not established in Tareen disqualification case, adding that there might be violation of law but dishonesty was not established.

The remarks came during hearing of a petition filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi seeking disqualification of PTI chief Imran Khan and Secretary General Jahangir Tareen.

A three members bench headed by CJP Nisar heard the petition.  At the outset of the hearing, Abbasi’s counsel  Azid Nafees submitted that Tareen had confessed to inside trading in stock exchange for which SECP had also imposed fine on him. He argued that the inside trading did form a basis for his disqualification.Upon this, Justice Faisal Arab asked the counsel to establish Tareen’s dishonesty in the inside trading. To which the counsel said that if holding of fake degree can invite disqualification of a member then why not inside trading.

During the hearing, Justice Faizal Arab said that insider trading does not have to be declared in the election nomination papers.

Upon this Justice Bandial said that inside trading was not a declaration due to which a member can be disqualified.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi has filed the petition in the apex court seeking the disqualification from Parliament of Tareen and Imran over their alleged non-declaration of assets and ownership of offshore companies.The chief justice, during the hearing, questioned the counsel whether every illegal act makes someone dishonest. He further remarked that these are new arguments for which Tareen’s counsel Sikandar Bashir Mohmand’s opinion will be sought.

Meanwhile, hearing Abbasi’s counsel for Imran’s case, Akram Sheikh’s arguments, the chief justice remarked that judges were also working under the ambit of the law.

He remarked further that election tribunals are the appropriate forum for resolving issues with someone’s election.

Later the court adjourned further hearing till tomorrow.During last hearing the chief justice had observed that Tareen was yet to submit a trust deed to the court regarding his UK property.

Last week, Tareed submitted the ‘trust deed’ to the Supreme Court regarding a 12-acre property he owns in the United Kingdom.

According to the documents, Tareen is a ‘settler’ for the trust which owns 12 acres in the UK through its company, Shiny View Limited.

The trust was created in 2011 for a period of 150 years, the documents state further.

Tareen and his wife have also been listed as the trust’s ‘discretionary lifetime beneficiaries’.

They also state that Tareen can direct the trustees to transfer the income from the trust fund to any of the discretionary beneficiaries, including him.

The documents also elaborate that in case Tareen dies, his wife, children and grandchildren will be named as discretionary beneficiaries.

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