Friday marked the day when the political future of PTI’s chief Imran Khan and the party’s General-Secretary Jahangir Tareen was to be decided by the Supreme Court. The court delivered a verdict that has been shaking up social media.
Last year, after the blow out of the Panama Leaks throughout the world, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was accused of owning a offshore company, along with his fiercest political rival Imran Khan. While a case for filed against Sharif who was eventually ousted from the Prime Minister’s office, PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi filed a case against Jahangir Tareen and Imran Khan for not completely declaring their assets.
Announcing the judgement, the Supreme Court ruled that Imran Khan was cleared of all charges of failure to disclose assets and money laundering, and also ruled that it was indeed the PTI chief’s former wife Jemima Goldsmith who provided him the funds to build his Bani Gala mansion.
The fate of Jahangir Tareen, though, proved to be completely different. Tareen was adjudged to have been involved in insider trading, and failing to disclose an offshore company he was actively involved in. The court rendered him disqualified as a member of Parliament for life, under Article 62(1)(f) which reads: “A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless-…he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law.”
Despite being extremely disappointed by Tareen’s ruling, the PTI leadership seemed fairly upbeat..
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
The highest Court says Imran Khan is Sadiq and Ameen!!! pic.twitter.com/egAuzFPUfN
— Andleeb Abbas (@AndleebAbbas) December 15, 2017
Captain not out! Have been saying from day 1 key jab koi ghalti hi nahee ki tu na ahal kaisey ho saktey hain
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) December 15, 2017
گرگس کا جہاں اور’ شاہین کا جہاں اور !! pic.twitter.com/byunSOT2pT
— Usman Dar (@UdarOfficial) December 15, 2017
video message pic.twitter.com/uPnwhLQVl5
— Sheikh Rashid Ahmad (@ShkhRasheed) December 15, 2017
Naeem Bukhari deserves a big pat on the back by Imran Khan..
Winner of the Day: Naeem Bokhari – Got Nawaz Sharif disqualified and saved Imran Khan also ! pic.twitter.com/ctQAi9t39C
— Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) December 15, 2017
The rest of the country seemed relieved with the verdict, and satisfied with the court’s performance..
Judge to Hanif Abbasi in Imran Khan case, pic.twitter.com/3NUtuZzZl8
— Broken News (@NewsParodyPk) December 15, 2017
— Hamza Nasim (@HamzaNasimPTI) December 15, 2017
Now this is some solid food for thought..
— Ahmad Gill Reborn🌠 (@RebornGill) December 15, 2017