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SC rejects Jahangir Tareen’s review petition against disqualification

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected review petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen, against his disqualification ordered by the apex court in December last year.

The counsel of Tareen submitted the trust deed that was earlier sought by the court.

However, in his remarks, the chief justice said: “We had asked for these documents during the case hearing and you failed to produce them at that time. Now is there any room for review after submission of documents now,” he asked.

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On December 15, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, disqualified PTI leader Tareen under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution for deliberately submitting a false statement in the Supreme Court to conceal his property in the United Kingdom.

In the review petition against his disqualification, Tareen had informed the court that he could not present legal instruments and specific documents regarding his trust — Shiny View Limited (SVL) — and a property — Hyde House — during the course of litigation because they were not in his personal knowledge, possession or control.

The PTI stalwart argued in the petition, filed through his counsel, Sikandar Bashir Mohmand, that these documents are being furnished before the court now.

“My understanding and knowledge of the trust arrangement, its legal aspect and components and its legal effect was that of a layperson gathered from my interaction with my professional advisers and the trustees,” Tareen has pleaded in the review petition.

What is Article 62?

Article 62(1)(f) reads: “A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora [Parliament] unless-…he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law.”

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