SC Adjourns Imran Disqualification Hearing Till September

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Islamabad (August 03, 2017): The Supreme Court adjourned hearing of the disqualification case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan till September.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab, conducted on Thursday 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.Addressing the bench, Sheikh said it is extremely necessary to probe the source of PTI’s funds.

Later, Sheikh argued over the money trail of Imran’s properties.

The chief justice observed that Imran declared his Bani Gala property in the nomination papers for the 2002 elections.

It is being proved from the bank records that the money was brought from abroad. Is it also necessary to prove the loan, observed the chief justice.

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In response, Sheikh said it was mandatory to declare assets on page seven of the electoral form. Referring to Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification in the Panama Papers case, he said when a son didn’t give his father 10,000 Dirhams as per an agreement the father was disqualified.

Justice Bandial remarked that if you have to read the judgment, read all of it. “You must read page nine of the electoral form in detail,” he commented.

The hearing was then adjourned till September as Abbasi’s counsel is travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

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.

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Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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