Supreme court proceeds Jahangir Tareen’s disqualification case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court proceeds the petition filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi seeking the disqualification of PTI  General Secretary Jahangir Tareen.

Sikandar Bashir Mohmand, Tareen’s counsel, is presenting his arguments to the three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar.

The chief justice observed that though the land was on lease, the earnings received from it would qualify as Tareen’s assets and thus had to be shown in required documents. He added that Tareen did not mention his complete assets in the election forms.

The chief justice also remarked that they are trying to understand the law and not giving a final opinion in the matter.

At the last hearing on October 11, the bench observed that there is a clear difference in the assets details submitted by the PTI lawmaker in the election nomination papers and the details submitted to the Federal Board of Revenue.

Presenting his arguments, Mohmand had informed the court that his client has declared all his assets.

He argued that the bench is conducting a tax audit of his client, saying that the petitioner wants to waste time and should be told to take the case to the Federal Board of Revenue.

Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal remarked that they are conducting disqualification proceedings at the core of which is the issue of misdeclarations in election nomination forms.

When Mohmand objected to the questions in the forms for the electoral nomination papers, the court said it will examine the form and see if the objections hold true.

However, the bench observed that regardless of the ‘objections’, all land holdings should have been mentioned in the form.

At the core of the case is the matter of over 18,500 acres that were acquired by Tareen on a lease. Tareen’s counsel has said that the PTI leader grows sugar, mangos, and cotton on his farms.

The problem arises as the land, being on a lease , was not mentioned by Tareen when he submitted his nomination forms for the 2013 General Elections.