ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its judgment in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and its party secretary General Jahangir Tareen’s disqualification case after conclusion of arguments by counsels.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Umar Ata Bandial, heard the case filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi, seeking seeking the disqualification of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the party’s secretary general Jahangir Tareen over non-disclosure of assets, existence of offshore companies as well as the PTI being a foreign-funded party.
The chief justice made it clear that judgment on the case may not be expected anytime soon.
Chief Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that the court had to decide whether Imran Khan was an honest man. During the course of proceedings, Naeem Bukhari counsel for Imran Khan appeared before the bench and said that the defence had submitted all documents they could obtain.
Advocate Naeem Bokhari maintained that 100,000 pounds were available in the account of Niazi Services Limited (NSL) – an off-shore company, owned by the PTI chairman. In July 2007, 20,000 pounds were transferred to Imran’s personal account, he added. Bukhari said that in March 2008, another sum of 22,000 euros was transferred into the account and was cashed four years later in 2012.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked that Imran had not declared his euro account in his nomination papers and asked when the account had been opened and with what sum of money.
Naeem Bukhari said that the account had been opened while the court heard arguments pertaining to the PTI chief’s London flat. He added that his client had subsequently brought the money from the euro account to Pakistan.
As Bukhari completed his arguments, Akram Sheikh, the lawyer representing Hanif Abbasi, said that while the defence had presented documents pertaining to Jemima Khan’s Bani Gala property, documents regarding assets owned outside of Pakistan by the PTI chief’s former wife had not been presented in court.
“Naeem Bokhari says that hiding assets can be a mistake,” Sheikh said.
He claimed that during the hearing of the case, the PTI chief had changed his stance 18 times. “The shifting of his position shows that he is not Sadiq and Ameen,” the lawyer added.
Hearing Tareen’s case, who was represented by his counsel Sikandar Bashir Mohmand, the court observed that it seems Tareen is the beneficial owner of the offshore company, Shiny View Ltd.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial noted that it is clear in the trust deed submitted by Jahangir Tareen that there are two lifetime beneficiaries of the trust.
Abbasi’s counsel argued that the presence of the offshore company is not declared in tax returns and nomination papers of Tareen.
The court reserved its verdict after the lawyers wrapped up their arguments.—APP