Imran Khan narrowly escapes disqualification, Jahangir Tareen shown the door

03:30 PM | 15 Dec, 2017
Imran Khan narrowly escapes disqualification, Jahangir Tareen shown the door
ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan narrowly escaped disqualification while his close confidante Jahangir Tareen was disqualified in an anxiously awaited verdict announced by the Supreme Court on Friday.

In the verdict announced by Justice Saqib Nisar, it was categorically observed that Imran Khan was qualified enough to be a lawmaker, to the pleasure of PTI members who had assembled inside courtroom No. 1.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said that Khan was not liable to declare his offshore firm Niazi Services Ltd in his 2013 nomination papers as he was not a shareholder, adding that he submitted all the information asked of him.

“Imran Khan is neither director nor shareholder of the offshore company. He was not required to show his off-shore company accounts,” the court added.

It was also directed that the issue of foreign funding brought by the petitioner Haneef Abbasi should be handled by the Election Commission separately.

'It is the responsibility of the ECP to look at the foreign funding case in detail' Justice Nisar observed.

'Imran Khan had declared the London flat in Amnesty scheme' remarked the Chief Justice and rejected the petition filed by Haneef Abbasi declaring that the petitioner was not directly affected in the foreign funding case.

The CJ observed that the delay in the verdict, which was supposed to be announced at 2pm, was due to a mistake on one page.

"We had to go through the entire 250-page document," he explained, in an apologetic tone.

Jahangir Tareen's Disqualification

The apex court disqualified the PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for life on multiple charges in its verdict.

The verdict was handed down by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Umar Ata Bandial on petitions filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi against PTI bigwigs.

As many as 700 policemen were deployed in the vicinity of the apex court to maintain law and order situation.

Party members from both the petitioner's as well as respondent's side had assembled at the courtroom no.1 whereas both Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen missed the hearing as they are in Karachi.

Naeem Bukhari, Senator Shibli Faraz, Ch Sarwar, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Naeemul Haq from PTI whereas the petitioner Haneef Abbasi along with his fellows Talal, Ch, Mussadiq Malik and Mariyum Aurangzeb besides scores of the party workers reached the court.

Review petition against Tareen’s disqualification

PTI spokesperson Fawwad Chaudhry termed the decision a great achievement for the party and expressed that the party would challenge the disqualification of Jahangir Tareen.

"Tareen was facing three allegations against him, out of which two have been dismissed by the court today" said the PTI spokesperson.

Moreover, PTI Chief Imran Khan also confirmed that they would seek a review of the decision regarding Tareen's disqualification.

Petitions by PML-N Leader

In the petitions, which had been filed in November last year, it was accused that the PTI leader concealed their assets and offshore companies, and received foreign funds.

Akram Sheikh and Azid Nafees were among the counsels of the petitioner, whereas Naeem Bukhari argued for Imran. Sikandar Bashir Mohmand advocated for Tareen.

During the hearings, Bukhari argued that the court should not treat the case in line with the Panama Papers case in which former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as both cases were totally different in nature.

Bukhari added that the case against Imran Khan was about a young man who could not handle his accounts efficiently.

The bench finally came to the conclusion after conducting over 50 hearings during 405 days.

The writer is a civil servant.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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