The Supreme Court announced the verdict on Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen's disqualification case, ruling that Imran Khan would remain a lawmaker, however Jehangir Tareen has been disqualified. The court rejected Hanif Abbasi's petition for Khan's disqualification.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said that Khan was not liable to declare Niazi Services Ltd in his 2013 nomination papers as he was not a shareholder.
The CJ said the delay in the verdict, which was supposed to be announced at 2am, was due to a mistake on one page. "We had to go through the entire 250-page document," he explained, apologizing for the delay.
He asked that the verdict be heard with patience.
The Supreme Court has sent the foreign funding case to the Election Commission of Pakistan to consider, DawnNewsreported. It is the responsibility of the ECP to look at the foreign funding case in detail Justice Nisar said.
The SC on Friday announced the highly anticipated judgement on a petition filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi, who seeks the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and secretary general Jahangir Khan Tareen on charges they did not fully disclose their assets in nomination papers.