Imran Khan submits more assets details in Supreme Court
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday submitted to the Supreme Court more documents to justify the money trial behind the purchase of his London flat and Bani Gala Residence.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, had earlier this week concluded the hearing of a petition seeking disqualification of Khan over hiding assets, owning an offshore company and receiving funds from prohibited sources.
The PTI chief’s lawyer submitted details of the bank accounts of his offshore company Niazi Services Limited (NSL), amount remitted to these accounts and emails with regard to financial transactions between Khan and his former wife Jemima Khan.
Explaining why Khan was not required to disclose 100,000 pounds credited to NSL in his nomination papers for 2013 elections, the counsel said since the PTI chief had not contested 2008 general elections, he was not required to disclose these assets. He added the amount was used up until 2013 when he took part in general elections, thus, if there had been any amount in the accounts, Khan would have disclosed in his nomination papers for 2013.
At the last hearing, the top court had observed that some important questions still remained unanswered with regard to the assets of Niazi Services Limited. It observed that it did not reserve the verdict on the petition because it could seek answer to any question at a later stage.
The petitioner’s counsel had argued that Khan concealed his offshore company in his nomination papers for 2002 and 2013 elections, as well as did not declare 100,000 pounds remitted in the NSL accounts that was also an asset.
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi filed the petition in the apex court in May this year, seeking disqualification of PTI chairman and another party leader Jahangir Tareen for tax evasion and concealing income sources.
Petitioner Hanif Abbasi had alleged that Imran Khan impeding ongoing development projects as part of an international conspiracy against Pakistan, which he believed had gained momentum in current tenure of the ruling party.
The petitioner last month submitted documents to substantiate the ruling party’s claims that Imran Khan had received funds from the sources prohibited under the law.
The financial records submitted by Abbasi included details with regard to sale of Imran’s London apartment in 2004. Moreover, the documents do not have any mention of loan taken from Imran’s ex-spouse Jemima Goldsmith in connection with purchase of PTI chief’s Bani Gala residence.