SC adjourns Tareen's disqualification case

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SC adjourns Tareen's disqualification case

The Supreme Court has adjourned hearing of the disqualification case against PTI leader Jehangir Tareen till Tuesday next.

The lawyer replied that nothing will be then written in the form as our stance is that the tax is paid by the first owner from whom the the land was bought on lease.

Sikandar Bashir argued that Provincial Agricultural Tax Authority approved Jahangir Tareen's tax statements and they can not be reopened now.

'Honesty will be proved when the relevant forum will declare verdict against Tareen.

The chief justice was presiding over a three-member SC bench, comprising Justice Umar Atta Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab, which was hearing a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi. However, he contested that the election forms do not contain a column for leased land.

The chief justice asked the learned counsel as to why his client did not declare in his nomination papers the income he earned from his leased land."Your client was required to declare both the incomes he earned from the land he owned and the land he got on lease but he did not", the chief justice asked the counsel for PTI general secretary. He added that Tareen did not mention his complete assets in the election forms.

The problem arises as the land, being on a lease (thaika), was not mentioned by Tareen when he submitted his nomination forms for the 2013 General Elections.

The lawyer argued that the leased land had been declared on the tax returns which were submitted along with the nomination papers. "We are looking to see if income was declared".

Sikandar Bashir Mohmand, Tareen's counsel argued that Tareen could not be disqualified while wondering where did he tell a lie?

The chief justice told the learned counsel that the court was hearing a plea seeking disqualification of his client and the issue involved pertained to submitting misdeclarations before the Election Commission of Pakistan.

In response, the chief justice said that even if a case is being heard somewhere else, the apex court can not be restrained from examining it.

Defense lawyer Sikandar Bashir presented Tareen's written statement in the court.

"Money generated through agriculture and rent incurred on it would qualify as income" remarked Mian Saqib Nisar and declared that Tareen was utilising 18,000 acres of land for agriculture.

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