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Imran Khan, Jehangir Khan Tareen disqualification case hearing adjourned till Tuesday

Islamabad: The apex court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of a petition filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi which seeks the disqualification of PTI leaders Imran Khan and Jehangir Khan Tareen until Tuesday.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Atta Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab on Thursday resumed the hearing a petition. During the hearing the apex court has sought the record of land in relation to the disqualification case against him.
The Supreme Court questioned Advocate Sikander Mohammad, the counsel representing PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen, regarding discrepancies in his client’s income records.
During the hearing, the court observed that the income declared by Tareen before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in his nomination papers was less than the figure declared on his tax returns.
Advocate Mohammad, however, told the bench that Tareen had not concealed any part of his income, adding that his client was required to only submit details of income he had received from his personal land to the ECP. The court asked Advocate Mohammad to provide records that prove the land he was referring to was, in fact, on contract.
As the lawyer told the court that his client pays the highest amount of tax in Pakistan, the SC again referred to the Panama Papers case which disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for not declaring an iqama and an income he had received from his son’s Dubai-based company. “Our case is different from the Panama Papers case,” the lawyer said, arguing that while former prime minister had held the office for 36 years, Tareen had only done so for 3 years.
“How much tax was paid on the land on contract?” Justice Bandial asked. The lawyer told the court that he would submit the required documents once he had acquired them. The hearing was adjourned until Tuesday.

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