Apex court re­serves ver­dict in PTI chief’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion case

The Gulf Today - - Asia - BY TARIQ BUTT

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tues­day re­served its judge­ment on pe­ti­tions seek­ing dis­quali­ica­tion of Pak­istan Tehrik-e-in­saf (PTI) Chair­man Im­ran Khan and his sec­re­tary gen­eral Je­hangir Ta­reen.

A three-mem­ber bench, headed by Chief Jus­tice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the pleas iled by Pak­istan Mus­lim Leaguenawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Ab­basi.

The chief jus­tice made it clear that judge­mentshould­not­be­ex­pectedany­time soon. “The court has to de­cide whether Im­ran was an hon­est man.”

Dur­ing the hear­ing, he asked if hid­ing as­sets in the nom­i­na­tion pa­per was a mis­take or de­lib­er­ate ly­ing. On this, Im­ran’s coun­sel Naeem Bukhari said that it might be a mis­take that his client failed to de­clare his in­come.

Jus­tice Nisar said the court has to de­cide which side telling the truth. “How will the mis­takes com­mit­ted in past im­pact the fu­ture?”

Mean­while, an anti-ter­ror­ism court (ATC) of Islamabad granted Im­ran bail in four cases per­tain­ing to an at­tack on Pak­istan Tele­vi­sion, Par­lia­ment build­ing and tor­tur­ing of a se­nior po­lice oficial dur­ing his sit-in of 2014.

Im­ran ap­peared be­fore the ATC af­ter it is­sued bail­able ar­rest war­rants for him for ig­nor­ing sum­mons. The court later de­clared him a pro­claimed of­fender when po­lice sub­mit­ted a re­port re­gard­ing fail­ure to ar­rest Im­ran.

The PTI chief ap­peared be­fore the court along with his coun­sel. It or­dered the PTI chair­man to be part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions and record his state­ment to po­lice be­fore ad­journ­ing the hear­ing to Nov.24.

Later, Im­ran said the cases against him were po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated, and added that he was peace­fully protest­ing for trans­par­ent elec­tions but was booked on ter­ror­ism charges. “If they can lodge ter­ror­ism case against me, then they can do it with any­body. These peo­ple can is­sue ar­rest war­rants for any­body in the name of ter­ror­ism.”

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