SC starts reading out verdict on Imran, Tareen disqualification case

Judgment was reserved on November 14


News Desk December 15, 2017
PTI chief had said he will quit politics in case of disqualification. PHOTO: MUDASSAR RAJA/EXPRESS

As the country awaits the Supreme Court’s (SC) verdict on the political fate of the top leadership of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), SC judges have started reading out the judgment details in a packed courtroom.

The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab, is announcing the much-awaited verdicts on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi’s constitutional petitions, seeking disqualification of party chairman Imran Khan and general secretary Jahangir Tareen on different grounds.

The judgment, which was reserved on November 14, will be announced at 2pm.

Imran says he will quit politics if disqualified

Interestingly, the SC has been delivering landmark verdicts on Friday since the last one decade. In the first such verdict on July 20, 2007, the court had restored former CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. In the second on July 31, 2009, the SC declared November 3, 2007 emergency and PCO as illegal. Then on July 28, the court disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panamagate case. Even the SC issued verdict in the Orange Line Train project case last Friday.

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