SC re­serves judg­ment in Im­ran, Ta­reen dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion case

ATC grants bail to Im­ran Khan in all four cases

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has re­served the judg­ment in the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion case per­tain­ing to Pak­istan Tehreek-eIn­saf (PTI) Chair­man Im­ran Khan and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ja­hangir Ta­reen on Tues­day.

The Supreme Court re­sumed its hear­ing into PML-N leader Hanif Ab­basi’s pe­ti­tion seek­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of PTI Chair­man Im­ran Khan and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ja­hangir Ta­reen. Ab­basi has sought the PTI lead­ers’ dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion over non-dec­la­ra­tion of their off­shore com­pa­nies in nom­i­na­tion pa­pers and run­ning party af­fairs through for­eign fund­ing.

Dur­ing hear­ing, the coun­sel for Im­ran Khan Naeem Bukhari winded up his ar­gu­ments be­fore the three-mem­ber bench headed by Chief Jus­tice Mian Saqib Nisar.

Af­ter hear­ing the ar­gu­ments from his lawyer Naeem Bukhari and pe­ti­tioner Hanif Ab­basi's coun­selor, Akran Sheikh, court re­served the ver­dict. "Don't ex­pect that ver­dict will be given to­mor­row as the le­gal mat­ters and ver­dict take time," Chief Jus­tice re­marked. "We are in search of truth," CJP added.

Jus­tice Nisar fur­ther re­marked that the bench will look into ar­gu­ments of both sides. At the end of his ar­gu­ments, Akram Sheikh re­quested top court to re­mem­ber Panama case ver­dict be­fore giv­ing de­ci­sion in this case.

Re­gard­ing Ta­reen’s case, the court has also re­served the judg­ment. The plain­tiff Ab­basi’s coun­sel Akram Sheikh ar­gued that the pres­ence of the off­shore com­pany was not de­clared in tax re­turns and nom­i­na­tion pa­pers of PTI leader. Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous hear­ing on Novem­ber 9, the chief jus­tice ob­served that Ta­reen has al­ready served his pun­ish­ment ac­cord­ing to the law.

On the other hand, Im­ran Khan ap­peared be­fore an anti- ter­ror­ism court in Islamabad af­ter a gap of three years in SSP As­mat­ul­lah Junejo tor­ture case.

The spe­cial court also or­dered Im­ran Khan to co­op­er­ate with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and get his state­ment recorded be­fore po­lice.

TheAnti-ter­ror­ism Court (ATC) court granted Im­ran Khan bail in all four cases in­clud­ing the as­sault at the PTV and the Par­lia­ment, and ended his Pro­claimed Of­fender sta­tus.

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