Pakistan

‘Disqualified on mere interpretation of trust deed,’ says Jahangir Tareen

Hours after the Supreme Court disqualified Jahangir Tareen for life, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday denotified the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader from his NA-154 (Lodhran) seat.
Earlier today, a three-member bench of the apex court  headed by Chief Justice Sadiq Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Atta Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab had announced its decision pertaining to petitions filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi seeking the disqualification of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Tareen.
The apex court rejected Abbasi’s petition for Imran Khan’s disqualification, but disqualified Tareen for life. The bench found Tareen to have been dishonest to the court and thus unworthy to hold public office under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution and Section 99 of Representation of People Act.
“The respondent [Tareen] is disqualified in terms of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution read with Section 99(1)(f) of ROPA for the non-declaration of his property/asset i.e. ‘Hyde House’ in his nomination papers, and in making untrue statement before this Court, that he has no beneficial interest in SVL [offshore company]; therefore, he should cease to hold the office as the member of the National Assembly with immediate effect,” the apex court’s judgement, read out by the chief justice, read.
However, after the verdict was announced, Tareen said that the court had disqualified him on a “mere interpretation of the trust deed.” He was referring to a trust deed that names Tareen as a settler and was used to buy property in the UK.
In a tweet, Tareen went on to note that the apex court had rejected four of the allegations levelled against him by the PML-N leader, including misuse of authority to write off loans and insider trading.

Accusations Rejected by SC1) Misuse of authority,loan writeoff2) Insider Trading3) Misdeclared Agri income4) London Property Full money trail accepted not hidden, declared in children’s assets since 2011.And SC disqualifies me on mere interpretation of the trust deed???
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) December 15, 2017
 
The tweet also noted that the court had accepted the money trail provided by Tareen for his property in London and that it had rejected the allegation that he had mis-declared his agricultural income.

I worked sincerely with all my strength for the betterment of PTI and Pakistan. I am proud that all allegations of financial wrongdoing were thrown out. I will continue to stand tall and keep working for a Naya Pakistan.
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) December 15, 2017