ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court bench hearing Imran Khan disqualification case said the receipt of the prohibited funds by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will have to be established first.
A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and including Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab heard PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi’s petition against PTI Chairman Imran Khan today.
In his petition, Abbasi’s pleaded with the court that Imran should be disqualified for concealing his assets and the ‘foreign funding’ of his party.
During today’s proceedings, Abbasi’s lawyer Akram Sheikh said the PTI admitted to have received prohibited funds in its documents, adding political parties can receive funding from individuals alone; however, foreigners cannot include in this category.
Chief Justice reacted the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will determine whether funds are prohibited or not, adding the nature of the funds was not clear yet.
However, Sheikh submitted that the ECP has no link with this matter.
The apex court’s bench raised the question where it has been admitted that prohibited funds have been received, and, on which basis funds were declared illegal.
The chief justice asked Abbasi’s counsel to present evidence in this regard if have any.
Justice Bandial said that agent submitted an affidavit of not receiving the prohibited funds, adding, “Under these circumstances how a head of a party could be held responsible for prohibited funds.”
Sheikh further said, “How is it possible that prohibited funds are confiscated but the man who receives them is allowed to go scot-free”