SC Resumes Hearing of Abbasi’s Petition for Imran’s Disqualification

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Islamabad (August 02, 2017): The Supreme Court on Wednesday resumed hearing of the petition seeking disqualification of PTI Chief Imran Khan.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab, is hearing the petition filed by PML-N former MNA Hanif Abbasi.

At outset of today’s hearing, Abbasi’s counsel Akram Sheikh said that two English language dailies had carried out Chief Justice yesterday’s observations that Imran Khan could not be disqualified.

He added that the newspapers reported the bench remarks saying that PTI chief could not be disqualified. He added that explanation was necessary of the observation.

He submitted that if a certificate submitted by head of a political leader turned out to be wrong then the leader would not be Sadiq and Ameen.

Justice Umer Ata Bandial observed that the petitioners counsel had to prove PTI received funds from prohibited sources.

Upon this Sheikh said that PTI had admitted it received funds from prohibited sources. He added that receiving finds from multi-national companied warranted a clarification to the nation.

He added that PTI counsel Anwar Mansoor Khan had also admitted the fact many times.

The hearing is underway at SC.

During Tuesday’s hearing, the court observed that nobody could be unseated from Parliament for filing a false declaration regarding party funds.

The chief justice observed that under the Political Parties Act, no one could be disqualified for filing a fake certificate regarding party funds. Similarly, he said that in the Representation of Peoples Act, nothing is mentioned regarding the consequence of filing a false declaration of party assets.

The bench was responding to claims by the PML-N leader’s counsel that the PTI received funds from dubious sources and thus its chief should be disqualified for not being ‘sadiq’ and ‘amin’ as he hid the true sources of party funds.

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Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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