Islamabad (July 27, 2017): Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned hearing of petition seeking disqualification of PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen as member of Parliament for indefinite period.
As three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar heard the petition filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi seeking Tareen to be disqualified for concealing assets, non-declaration of offshore companies and involvement in inside trading in stock exchange, which is a crime.
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The bench gave 10-day time to Tareen to submit details regarding his offshore companies.
During the course of hearing on Thursday, the CJP remarked that the court wanted the matter should be clear as far as documents were concerned.
He added that the court did not know the facts. “We will come to know about the fact only after going through the documents. After submission of related documents the court will decide whether there is any need of further probe into the matter,” the CJP, who headed the bench, remarked.He added that the court was giving time to parties to submit documents in the court.
During hearing of the case, Justice Ata Bandial while addressing Abbasi’s counsel observed that the petitioner has not provided any documents regarding Tareen’s offshore company.
The judge expressed his wonder as to why the counsel brought the matter of the offshore company to SC if he did not have sufficient materials.The counsel informed the bench that Tareen showed his agriculture revenue to be Rs540 million to the Federal Board of Revenue whereas the same was shown as Rs120 million to the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said the difference is of Rs420 million in 2010.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar responded that if he paid less income tax then it is a matter between Tareen and the income tax authorities.
This is not our concern as we are looking at issues of being Sadiq and Amin, the chief justice observed further.On Wednesday, the bench had sought answers to five questions from Tareen’s counsel.
The questions are when was Jahangir Tareen’s trust formed, when was the offshore company formed, who’s the legal and beneficial owner of the company, when and for how much was the offshore company formed, and how many times did he give funds as gifts to his children from 2002-17?