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SC directs Imran Khan’s counsel to submit verified documents

ISLAMABAD: Supreme court of Pakistan three member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar directed the Imran Khan’s counsel Naeeem Bukhari to submit verified documents. Previously submitted documents were not verified.

He gave the remarks during the hearing of a petition seeking the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan for non-disclosure of assets, ownership of offshore companies and party foreign funding.

The Supreme Court’s three-member bench, headed by the chief justice and including Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab, is hearing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz member Hanif Abbasi’s petition.

At the start of the hearing, the bench inquired about the absence of Imran’s counsel Naeem Bukhari, to which PTI lawyer Anwar Mansoor replied that Bukhari was submitting documents at the time.

During the hearing, Abbasi’s counsel Akram Sheikh said the documents submitted by the PTI are suspicious, adding that the signatures on the two letters submitted also do not match.

Justice Nisar observed that the bench noted this observation at the last hearing. “There are other mistakes along with the tax number and signature,” he remarked.

During the hearing, the chief justice remarked that even if the Bani Gala estate is benami [not in actual owner’s name], the actual owner was Jemima, Imran’s ex-wife.

He observed furhter that the trail of only 6.5 per cent of the funds has not been proved.

“It was said that Niazi Services Limited was formed to avoid the taxes on the London flats and Imran’s personal funds were also deposited in the Niazi Services Limited’s account,” he remarked furhter.

He added that the details of the account from 2003 onwards have also not provided, and, according to the petitioner, the 99,000 pounds present in the account should have been declared as well.

During last week’s hearing, the apex court had appeared dissatisfied with Bukhari’s arguments. The PTI counsel had said that an email had been sent to Imran’s former wife Jemima Khan, who had confirmed receiving 75,000 pounds and assured that she would send the bank details after finding them.

To this, the bench had said that the documents did not prove that Imran Khan had brought money back from London.