Islamabad (Sep 7, 2017): Supreme Court will resume hearing of petition filed by MPL-N former MNA Hanif Abbasi seeking disqualification of PTI Chief Imran Khan.
The Supreme Court fixed the matter for hearing for September 12, 2017. A full bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the case.
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The other members of the bench are Justice Faisal Aab and Justice Umer Ata Bandial.
Earlier on August 2, 2017 the Supreme Court had adjourned hearing of the petition for indefinite period.
During the hearing, the bench had asked Hanif Abbasi’s counsel Akram Sheikh to corroborate his claims that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) received foreign funding.
Akram Sheikh, continuing his counter-argument, had said Imran Khan had submitted a fake certificate before the ECP to show that no donations from prohibited sources were received by the party. After this, how could someone, who submitted a false certificate, be considered ‘Sadiq and Amin’, he asked.
He pleaded the court to disqualify Imran Khan under Article 62 of the Constitution. Justice Umar Ata Bandial asked Akram Sheikh that he would have to prove that the PTI had accepted funds from prohibited sources. Sheikh claimed that foreign corporations had sent $40,760 to the PTI Pakistan.
Upon this, the chief justice remarked that the records did not prove it. He remarked that there was a possibility that corporations that funded the PTI were owned by overseas Pakistanis.
Akram Sheikh said that he could not bear the burden of obtaining the certificates of corporations funding the PTI.
Hanif Abbasi had filed the petition seeking disqualification of the PTI chairman for concealing assets before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), ownership of an offshore company and running party affairs through foreign funding.