‘Imran Khan not out, Jahangir Tareen out’
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court has on Friday dismissed the petition of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi seeking the disqualification of PTI chairman Imran Khan and secretary general Jahangir Tareen.
The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar had reserved the verdict on November 14. More than 50 hearing have been conducted in the case.
The CJP apologized for the delay and explained that there was a mistake on one page so all 250 pages of the judgment had to be read again.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar himself read out the judgment.
Justice Saqib Nisar ruled that Imran is not disqualified as a parliamentarian as the petitioner was not directly affected in the foreign funding case.
The court has referred the case of PTI’s foreign funding to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and ordered it to investigate the claims.
It wasn’t necessary for Imran Khan to declare his offshore entity in the ECP, the ruling stated.
The petition of PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi was based on dishonesty.
Jahangir Tareen Disqualified
The court also disqualified PTI secretary general Jahangir Tareen under Article 62(1)(f) of the constitution.
The court remarked that Jahangir Tareen pleaded guilty to insider trading.
The court judgment ruled that the PTI secretary general is no more Sadiq and Ameen and stands disqualified for life.
On October 18, the chief justice had announced that the verdict of both the cases will be announced together.
The petition against both leaders was filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi, seeking their disqualification for not disclosing their assets and ownership of offshore companies.
He also claimed that the PTI is a foreign-funded party.