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Remains to be seen where money for Imran's London flat came from: Pakistan Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has said will have to see where the money for London flat come from. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 04, 2017, 04.02 AM (IST)

The Pakistan Supreme Court said it still remains to be seen where the money for Imran Khan's London flat came from, the Pakistan's daily Dawn reported on Tuesday.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, who is heading a three-judge bench of the apex court, remarked after hearing the rebuttal presented by the counsel for PML-NN leader Hanif Abbasi saying, "We will have to see where the (money for the) London flat came from.''

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Abbasi seeking disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and PTI secretary general Jahangir Khan Tareen over non-disclosure of assets, the existence of offshore companies owned by Imran and Tahreen.

Imran Khan is also accused of bringing foreign funds to Pakistan. 

Abbasi's counsel Akram Sheikh on Tuesday brought into the question the validity of documents submitted by Imran's lawyer regarding the transfer of funds for the purchase of the Bani Gala property. 

In the previous hearing, Imran's lawyer Naeem Bokhari on September 28 had sought to respond to the questions by Supreme Court regarding the money trail of the Bani Gala property.

Bokhari presented documents and a letter via email before the bench which was sent by Jemima, Imran Khan's former wife, verifying that the PTI chief had returned to her a sum of Rs 6.5 million that she had "gifted to him". 

Later, Abbasi's lawyer alleged that documents were not verified as the addresses on it did not match.

"If the documents are not verified, what should we do?" the chief justice asked, inquiring if the court had the option of calling for the real documents, quoted DAWN.

Abbasi's counsel Sheikh also questioned the $104793.50 that he said was paid by Imran to the architect of the Bani Gala property saying, "Will they [the PTI] not tell us where this amount came from?".

He added that Imran's lawyer had not submitted documents regarding the matter. 

In response to Sheikh's arguments, Justice Umar Atta Bnadial said, "You are assigning us the role of an accountant," and asked Sheikh to limit his argument, Dawn reported.

Sheikh told the court that Imran has had no source of income in Pakistan and that the PTI chief had accepted that his Niazi Services Limited had remained functional till 2013.

He also told the court that Imran had transferred a sum larger to Jemima, his ex-wife as loan he owed her. 


 

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