PESHAWAR, 15 December: Supreme Court on Friday rejected a writ petition seeking disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a foreign funding case.
The apex court however, disqualified PTI’s secretary general Jahangir Khan Tareen for life for concealing facts.
The three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justices Umar Ata Bandial and Faisal Arab, had reserved judgment in the petition filed by PMLN leader Hanif Abbasi.
The apex court ruled that Imran is not disqualified as the petitioner was not directly affected in the foreign funding case.
The court directed that the Election Commission of Pakistan will investigate the foreign funding claims against the PTI chief by scrutinizing accounts up till five years ago.
The judgment stated that Imran wasn’t bound to declare his offshore company, declared his London flat in an amnesty scheme and that his former wife Jemima gave Imran the funds for buying the Bani Gala estate.
The judgment stated Tareen could not be termed honest and stood disqualified for life under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.
The Islamabad administration had deployed heavy contingents of police outside the Supreme Court to thwart any untoward incident as large number of party workers were present on the occasion.