SC Reserves Verdict in Imran Disqualification Case

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Islamabad (November 14, 2017): The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the petition filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi seeking disqualification of PTI chief Imran Khan and Secretary General Jahangir Tareen.

After hearing concluding arguments of Imran counsel Naeem Bukhari the court reserved the judgment. But Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, while reserving the judgment observed that it should not be expected that the court will give its verdict in the case tomorrow.He remarked that the bench was looking for the truth, and will have to see if the respondent was dishonest in his dealings.

While the apex court has concluded hearing the case against Khan, the case against Tareen is still ongoing.

PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi filed a case against Imran and PTI leader Jahangir Tareen seeking their disqualification from Parliament over their alleged non-declaration of assets and ownership of offshore companies.Presenting his arguments, Abbasi’s counsel Akram Sheikh said Imran changed his stance during the course of hearing 18 times.

The chief justice observed that the benefit of speaking the truth is that one does not have to remember what was said before.

Earlier, responding to arguments by Imran’s counsel, Babar Awan, the chief justice observed that the PTI chief declared his London flat but not the offshore company.Awan further informed the bench that Imran declared the London flat in 2000 via an amnesty scheme.

Responding to the chief justice’s observation that the offshore company was still not declared, Imran’s counsel contended that his client wasn’t the beneficial owner of the company nor its shareholder which is why it was not declared.

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Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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