Islamabad (November 9, 2017): The Supreme Court will resume the disqualification case against Tehreek-i-Insaf Secretary General Jahangir Tareen today.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi has filed a petition in the apex court seeking the disqualification of Jahangir Tareen over their alleged non-declaration of assets and ownership of offshore companies.Earlier, the Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned hearing of Tareen disqualification case till today as Tareen and petitioner’s counsels completed their arguments.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar heard the petition of PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi seeking disqualification of PTI chief Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareeen disqualification.Abbasi’s counsel while advancing arguments said that Tareen had adopted various stances regarding his leased agriculture land in South Punjab.
Abbasi’s counsel Azid Nafees informed the court that at one point Tareen claimed before the court that leased agriculture land was not taxable whereas later he stated that there is no column in the election nomination forms to declare leased agriculture land.
The chief justice remarked that the question was whether the Punjab tax authority took any action on the non-payment of tax by Tareen.Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal, the other member of the bench, observed that it would have been a separate matter had tax payments of leased land been challenged by the petitioner. He wondered whether the apex court can assume the tax man’s role.
The court observed further that they are seeing if dishonesty can be construed from documents submitted on record by Tareen.
Tareen’s counsel Sikandar Bashir Mohmand stated that the owner of a trust’s funds is the trust’s company.
During the hearing, Tareen’s counsel also submitted additional documents related to the leased agriculture land. The hearing was then adjourned until November 9.