The Supreme Court sought on Tuesday the records of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI chief Imran Khan’s payment to his ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith for the acquisition of land in Bani Gala.
A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi seeking Khan’s disqualification on the basis of his ‘differing’ statements regarding the acquisition of land in Bani Gala.
Khan’s attorney Naeem Bukhari, told the judges that he had already submitted a supplementary statement to the court on Monday on his client’s behalf.
The CJP responded that the statement was submitted after a considerable delay.
Bukhari continued with the argument that the Rs6.5 million Khan gave to Jemima was a gift. He added that the purchase of land in Bani Gala was supposed to be made possible by selling flats in London. The delay in sale of flats, he added, compelled his client to take money from Jemima.
On Monday, in his statement filed with the court, Imran had contended that the monetary gifts given to him by Jemima Khan were a matter between husband and wife, and are not declarable to any authority.
According to the statement, a gift of Rs6.5 million and a final payment of Rs800,000 for the land was made by Jemima Khan via remittances to Rashid Khan during April 2002 and January 2003.
“Any payments made by Rashid Khan in anticipation of remittances from Jemima Khan were settled between him and her,” the statement read.
It was submitted that in his tax returns for the year ending June 30, 2002, the PTI chief had accounted for the Rs6.5 million amount as gift. It is further submitted that the London apartment was disposed of on April 14, 2003; that there was no foreign asset to be declared before the Election Commission of Pakistan or the Federal Board of Revenue as the cut-off date for the respective statements was June 30, 2003; and that the Banigala land was “in fact and law” the property of Khan’s then-spouse and was declared as such.
The statement read that the use of word ‘Benami’ in the power of attorney is misdescription contrary to the factum of ownership, the gift by Khan, the entire sale price having been remitted by Jemima Khan and all mutations in the revenue record in her name. The use of expression ‘benami’ in the General Power of Attorney is a misnomer.
“The document read as a whole does not establish either that it was a sham transaction or a benami,” it added.
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