Islamabad (July 26, 2017): Supreme Court on Wednesday asked PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen to respond five questions posed by the apex court.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar heard the petition seeking disqualification of Jahangir Khan Tareen.
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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi had filed the petition.
The petition alleges that Tareen owns offshore companies in the name of his children, shared gifts worth over Rs1.6 billion among family members, and involved in insider trading in the shares of United Sugar Mills Limited in 2005.During the course of Wednesday’s hearing, the court asked Tareen to answer five questions which are related to the names of the offshore companies, registration, assets held by the companies, beneficial owners and how the money was transferred to London.
Chief Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that anyone who returned money to get a clean slate was a real ‘Sadiq’ and Ameen.
When the counsel of Hanif Abbasi tried to relate the case with that against Prime Minister, the CJP asked him not to compare the instant matter with that of Nawaz Sharif.The CJP questioned counsel of Hanif Abbasi as to why each and every time case against Parliamentarian land directly at the SC.
He further asked that whether in presence of other forums each and every case could be brought to the SC.
The counsel replied that the case was taken to SC due to the offshore companies and its importance.
He added that Jahangir Tareen had admitted that there were offshore companies in the name of his children. He added that Tareen did not declare the offshore company and did conceal his income and not paid agriculture tax.When asked what grounds he seeks to disqualify the lawmaker, the counsel replied that Tareen failed to declare his offshore companies, did not pay agro tax and committed insider trading. He added that the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) sent a notice to Tareen over insider trading as well.
Justice Arab said every member of Parliament who is served a notice by the SECP cannot be disqualified just for being served a notice.
The chief justice remarked that an elected official cannot be disqualified on the basis of allegations and that the bench has to proceed carefully in such cases.
Later the case was adjourned till tomorrow.