Imran Khan disqualification case: A timeline

Apex court announced its verdict in favour of PTI chairman on Friday


News Desk December 15, 2017
PTI chairman Imran Khan addresses members of the media, after Pakistan's Supreme Court dismissed a petition to disqualify him from parliament for not declaring assets, outside Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan December 15, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Supreme Court has dismissed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi’s petitions for disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.

Here’s a timeline to understand how it all began and came to an end:

November 2, 2016: PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi files petition for Imran Khan’s disqualification, accusing him of money-laundering, concealing assets and receiving funds from foreign sources for PTI

April 28, 2017: Three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar accepts Abbasi’s petition

May 3, 2017: Apex court begins hearing the case; quizzes Imran on Bani Gala property

June 1, 2017: Jemima Goldsmith, Imran’s former spouse, tweets that she has found bank statements ‘to prove Imran Khan money trail/innocence in court”



 

July 25, 2017: Imran's counsel submits money trail; Abbasi's counsel raises issue of London flat; Supreme Court quizzes Abbasi's counsel on his plea to disqualify Imran on the basis of Article 62(1)(f)



September 28, 2017: CJP remarks Imran’s counsel failed to satisfy the apex court regarding the transfer of £562,000 by him to his ex-wife in 2003 after the sale of his London apartment

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October 3, 2017: CJP quizzes Imran’s counsel why the London flat was not declared as an asset, says no element of fraud or malpractice found in money trail for the purchase of the Bani Gala estate

October 6, 2017: Imran submits documents for offshore company, Niazi Services Limited and transactions with Jemima

October 16, 2017: Imran submits revised documents regarding financial details of Niazi Services Limited

November 14, 2017: Apex court reserves judgement in the case

December 15, 2017: Supreme Court rules in favour of Imran Khan

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