ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court today will resume hearing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi’s petition seeking Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan’s disqualification.
The petition was filed by Abbasi and is being heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Umar Ata Bandial.
The petition asks for 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 loan taken from Imran’s former wife Jemima Khan for the PTI chief’s Bani Gala residence.
The Supreme Court in the last hearing on September 12 had said that the PTI chairman’s counsel Naeem Bukhari has yet to submit complete details of Bani Gala property purchase.
The chief justice inquired about the details of funds sent by Jemima for the Bani Gala property purchase, adding that the reply does not include details of how the property was purchased in Jemima’s name. You need to satisfy the court regarding the 160,000 pounds, the chief justice said.
Justice Bandial observed that a discrepancy exists between documents submitted by the PTI chairman earlier and now.
Moreover, the chief justice observed during the course of hearing that the PTI chairman has submitted copies of documents that are unverified.