ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday resumed hearing a petition seeking disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan for non-disclosure of assets, ownership of offshore companies and party foreign funding.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nasir heard arguments of Akram Sheikh, the lawyer of petitioner PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi.
The bench enquired about the absence of Imran Khan’s counsel Naeem Bukhari from today’s hearing, to which another PTI lawyer replied that Bukhari was submitting documents at that time.
During last week’s hearing, the apex court had appeared dissatisfied with Bukhari’s arguments. The PTI counsel had said that an email had been sent to Imran’s former wife Jemima Khan, who had confirmed receiving 75,000 pounds and assured that she would send the bank details after finding them.
To this, the bench had said that the documents did not prove that Imran Khan had brought money back from London.
The petition seeks the disqualification of PTI chief Imran Khan and PTI secretary general Jahangir Tareen for non-disclosure of assets, ownership of offshore companies and foreign-funding of PTI.
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 did not have any mention of a loan taken from Imran’s former wife Jemima Khan for the PTI chief’s Bani Gala residence.