ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nasir remarked that it seems Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Jahangir Tareen has submitted fake documents in his disqualification case being heard in Supreme Court.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nasir, heard the case on Tuesday.
The CJP further remarked that some of the details in the documents are clashing with one another. "It seems as if the documents are fake."
He remarked that the "lease agreement do not show entire facts. You are using the land for farming. Do you want it to be investigated through the appropriate forum?"
The chief justice also said that Tareen acquired the agricultural land under lease but he earns income from it. Moreover, Tareen did not reveal aggregated agricultural income to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).In reply, Tareen’s legal counsel Sikandar Bashir Mohmand pleaded: "Please don’t say that they are fake documents. If Tareen is disqualified under Article 62 1(f) of the Constitution then its mark will stay forever."
Mohmand said that the ECP had asked for information regarding proprietary land only. “Tareen has hidden nothing in the documents submitted to the court.”
To this, the CJP questioned Baksh and asked: “What should a person do if he does not own agricultural land but earns more than Rs10 billion on that land through lease? Should the person not share that information with ECP?"
“Our stance is that leased land’s owner should pay the tax.”
The CJP termed the explanation as not satisfactory and said, “Even though Tareen had the lease of the land but the income was not declared.”
The law states that a person who earns money on agricultural land must pay taxes. Tareen should have paid five percent tax on the income earned from the land, the CJP added.
“The question in front of the court is of integrity and integrity can be gauged through actions,” remarked the CJP, adding Tareen did not declare his entire means of income to the court.