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SC Adjourns Hearing of Imran Disqualification Case till Sept 28

Islamabad (September 26, 2017): The Supreme Court resumed hearing of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi’s petition seeking Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman (PTI) Imran Khan’s disqualification for concealing offshore company and allegedly receiving funds for party from prohibited sources.

A three members bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case.

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Advancing arguments, PTI chief counsel Naeem Bukhari said that he had submitted written statements on the instruction of the court.  He added that Hanif Abbasi’s counsel had submitted only two documents and the law regarding verified document applied on both parties.

Bukhari said that before 2002 elections Imran showed Rs6.5 million received from Jemima as load which was a gift not loan.Upon this, the CJP remarked that the question arises here is whether Jemima was owner of Bano Gala property or it was Benami. To this, Bukhari read out the affidavit of Imran Khan wherein he had stated that the property was acquired for Jemima.

The chief justice observed that the record of $126,000 was still not presented, to which Bukhari responded that the record of these transactions was not available.

Responding to the chief justice’s query asking from which amount did [Imran’s former wife] Jemima become the land owner, Bukhari said Jemima became the land owner of the Bani Gala property from the amount sent from London.According to you, the proceeds from the sale of the London flat were deposited in the account of Niazi Services Limited and sent to Jemima from this account, the chief justice remarked.

Justice Bandial observed that according to the 2003 record of the bank, the account of Niazi Services Limited is not available.During the hearing, Imran’s accountant also presented his arguments but failed to satisfy the court regarding the origin and transfer of funds from the sale of Imran’s London flat to the purchase of his estate in Bani Gala, Islamabad.

The court adjourned further hearing till September 28, 2017.

The petition seeks the disqualification of Imran Khan and PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for the non-disclosure of assets, ownership of offshore companies and for PTI being a foreign-funded party.On September 23, Abbasi submitted documents in the Supreme Court containing tax returns provided by Imran to the Election Commission of Pakistan in his nomination papers for the 2003-2006 period.

The documents submitted by Abbasi included financial details of the sale of Imran’s London apartment in 2004. The documents also do not have any mention of a loan taken from Imran’s former wife Jemima Khan for the PTI chief’s Bani Gala residence.

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