Disqualification case: Abbasi to appeal against Imran's acquittal

The apex court last week absolved the PTI chief of all allegations but disqualified Jahangir Tareen


News Desk December 18, 2017

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi on Monday announced his plan for filing a review petition in the Supreme Court against the rejection of his petition for disqualification of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.

Abbasi told a press conference he would approach the apex court after consulting his legal team. He claimed that the PTI chief had admitted to laying his party’s foundation with money earned through gambling.

He added he would also take up in the apex court a Los Angeles court ruling about the parenthood of a southern California girl, which he alleged, involved Imran Khan.

Abbasi said Khan should stop using abusive language against his rivals in public gatherings. Earlier, such language was the identity of the PTI chairman only, but now the party’s second-grade leaders were following suit, he added.

Referring to a recent speech by PTI Central Punjab President Aleem Khan, in which he used foul words for Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Abbasi alleged Aleem was a defaulter of billions of rupees.

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He stressed that the political career of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif could not be over on someone’s whim. "In the upcoming general elections, people of Pakistan will announce their verdict [in favour of Sharif] through their vote,” he said.

Abbasi filed a petition in the Supreme Court in November 2016, accusing PTI leaders Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen of not declaring their assets to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). He had alleged that the PTI leaders had violated the tax laws of the country and funded their party through foreign sources.

However, the SC absolved Imran of all allegations but disqualified Tareen under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, ruled that the PTI chief had no legal obligation to disclose his offshore company as an asset in his income tax returns or his statement of assets and liabilities filed with the ECP.

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