Disqualification case: PTI chief presenting evidence in ‘piecemeal’, observes CJP

Published: July 13, 2017
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PTI Chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

PTI Chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan is presenting documentary evidence in ‘piecemeal’ to establish the money trail of his London flat and Bani Gala land, Chief Justice of Pakistan Main Saqib Nisar observed Thursday.

The CJP made these remarks during the hearing of a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi, who sought disqualification of the PTI chief as well as Secretary General Jahangir Tareen alleging non-disclosure of assets, ownership of offshore companies and receipt of foreign funds for the party.

“During the last hearing, you said I seemed angry. No, I am not angry but I want to observe one thing that the documents are being provided in piecemeal,” Justice Nisar told PTI counsel Naeem Bukhari.

SC seeks money trail of Imran’s London flat

The CJP went on to observe that the petitioner’s counsel Akram Sheikh was rightly saying that all documentary evidences should be provided together. “The court wants to satisfy itself that whatever is said by the respondent [Imran] to prove the money trail is true and no money was laundered by him.”

Meanwhile, the top court’s three-judge bench headed by the CJP once again asked the PTI chief to declare the financial source on the basis of which he purchased an apartment in London in 1983. The bench also questioned the mode of payment.

The PTI counsel, however, said the documents will be submitted to the court before the next date of hearing. “If availing the Amnesty Scheme is dishonesty then everyone who got benefit of it should be equally treated,” Bukhari said. “If availing the scheme is dishonesty then I have no case.”

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Proud Pakistani
    Jul 13, 2017 - 4:47PM

    This is a real TEST CASE for our judiciary, establishment and the media.Recommend

  • Mukhtar
    Jul 13, 2017 - 4:48PM

    Imran is clean for sure. No one can think of comparing him with Nawaz’s multi million dollar corruption.Recommend

  • azmat
    Jul 13, 2017 - 5:07PM

    Imran Khan is known by the world to play international cricket and resided in England for around 20 years. During this time he played for Pakistan, English counties, Kerry Pecker, endorsements and advertisements for various brands as he was the most sought after celebrity in those days, he is the writer of 5 books. And if the SC thinks that all that cannot translate in to one, single bedroom flat in London,then the Chief Justice needs a health check Recommend

  • sanam
    Jul 13, 2017 - 5:40PM

    What if IK couldn’t provide how he bought London flat in 1983, what CJP will do, would IK be accused of corruption or money laundering while not holding any public office, neither being a government employee or without being in business, how else IK would have got money to buy flat in London in 1983 other then that money being earned from cricket.Recommend

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