Offshore Cos: SC gives more time to Imran, Tareen to file reply

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Islamabad—The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave time to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Secretary General Jahangir Tareen to file reply in a petition against them for ‘non-declaration of offshore companies’ in their nomination papers submitted with ECP adjourned further hearing till December 30.
A bench of the apex court headed by Justice Saqib Nisar heard a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi pleading the court to direct the Election Commission of Pakistan to disqualify Imran and Tareen over tax evasion and non-declaration of offshore companies in their nomination papers.
During the hearing, Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that the decision to club the instant matter with the Panamagate petitions would be taken by the Chief Justice.
Naeem Bukhari appeared before the court on behalf of Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen.
The court while giving time to PTI chief’s counsel for submitting reply in the matter adjourned further hearing till December 30.
Filed through Akram Sheikh Advocate, Abbasi had made Imran, Tareen, chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Chief Commissioner Islamabad as respondents in the petition. He had submitted that Imran and Tarin had violated the 1976 Act and Income Tax Ordinance 1979 and 2001 by not declaring his offshore company M/S Niazi Services Limited (NSL) in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities filed before the ECP in 2013. He had pleaded the court to declare Imran and Tareen disqualified for being member of the Parliament for concealing assets and evasion of taxes.
Talking to media outside the Supreme Court, Hanif Abbasi said that he would tender unconditional apology to the nation if he failed to prove and expose Imran Khan’s corruption. He added that today PTI counsel sought more time, which is a proof that Imran is trying to avoid accountability.—INP