Imran Khan's disqualification case: SC resumes hearing today

Imran Khan's disqualification case: SC resumes hearing today

Islamabad (Staff Report): The 3-member Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar resumed hearing the disqualification case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan today.

The disqualification petition was moved by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PTI leader Jahangir Tareen.

Abbasi’s petition accuses the PTI leader of not declaring his assets to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and seeks to unseat him based on alleged violations of the Income Tax Ordinance 1979 and Peoples Act 1974.

At the start of the hearing, Abbasi's counsel Akram Sheikh began his arguments.

The bench inquired from PTI chief's counsel, Anwar Mansoor, regarding the objections raised by Sheikh.

The bench, which includes Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Umar Ata Bandial, observed on Monday that every political party is answerable over its source of funding according to Article 17 (3) of the Constitution.

The bench was responding to the arguments of Mansoor after he claimed the Election Commission of Pakistan had no right to audit a political party’s funds after they have been audited by a chartered accountancy firm.

During Monday's hearing, Abbasi's counsel had objected to the funding records submitted by the PTI, saying they were inaccurate.