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PM’s speech can be used as evidence against him, says JI’s counsel

Islamabad: Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI’s) lawyer on Friday said that Primie Minister’s National Assembly speech can be used against him as he concealed his London property in it.

Taufiq Asif, JI’s lawyer stated that speech given by the Prime Minister in the parliament contradict the statements given by Makhdoom Ali Khan in Supreme Court.

The five-member apex bench of the Supreme Court was hearing set of petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamat-e-Islami (JI) and Awami Muslim League (AML) seeking disqualification of Prime minister; the bench was presided by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

JI’s lawyer, Taufiq Asif stated that prime minister did not provide details of London flats in his speech in which he declared his family assets. He said that so this speech can be used against prime minister because there is no other way to prove contradiction among speech and court statements.

JI’s counsel also pointed out toward Ittefaq foundries, saying that in was in loss in 1980 but made a profit of Rs.60 million in upcoming three years; he added, in ’85 it became the part of larger group of companies.

Taufiq said that Gulf Steel Mills in Dubai was also sold for $9 million. Taufiq argued that all such details are given but there is nothing mentioned about the initiative of the business.

Ji’s counsel asked Supreme Court to declare Primi minister disqualified as he is no longer “Sadiq” and “Ameen”by hiding Park lane flats.

Justice Azmat Sheikh gave remarks: “You claim that speech is a confession; tell us which part of the speech shows the confession” to JI’s counsel when he said said that PM’s speech shows confession.

Justice Gulzar admonished JI’s lawyer and said that he should not take case so non-serious and avoid making incorrect statements in his argumentation and also told him that the prime minister had not sought immunity rather he asked for privilege under Article 66.