Justice Faisal Arab, while hearing the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) foreign funding case on Thursday, questioned if a failure to declare a loan as an asset could lead to the application of Article 62 of the Constitution.
He was commenting on PML-N lawyer Akram Sheikh’s argument that PTI chief Imran Khan should be disqualified for not declaring a loan that he received from his former wife, Jemima, as an asset.
The case, filed by PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi, is being heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar. The petition asks for the disqualification of Imran Khan and PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for the non-disclosure of assets, ownership of offshore companies, and for PTI being a foreign-aided party.
Responding to the judge’s remark, Sheikh said that the Supreme Court had disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for not declaring a salary that he could have received from his son’s company in its ruling on the Panama Papers case.
Justice Atta Bandiyal, however, maintained that since the Panama Papers case was related to the Sharif family’s assets, the comparison was invalid. He also suggested that Sheikh read the SC’s verdict before commenting on it.