Imran Khan submits money trail details in Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has submitted the documents of the money trail in the disqualification case against him.

Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) will hear a case seeking his disqualification as Member of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

In the petition, the Tehreek-e-Insaf chief stated that he paid the first two installments of the Bani Gala property through his own sources.

He mentioned Rs. 6.5 million as a gift to his former wife Jemima Goldsmith in the tax returns. It was also stated that all the cost of the Bani Gala was paid up by his ex-spouse except for the first installment of the Rs 6.5 million and the last installment of Rs. 0.8 million.

It was also stated in the petition that it is not necessary to mention the details of monetary transaction between a husband and wife to a competent authority.

PTI chairman stated that the property is owned by Jemima Goldsmith from day one and the money for the land was provided by his former wife as well.

Imran Khan went on to say that his London flat was sold for £117500. The Tehreek-e-Insaf chief has pleaded the documents to be made a part of the record of the case.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Hanif Abbasi had submitted the record of Imran Khan’s assets in the apex court on Saturday. Abbasi’s documents contained details of Khan’s assets that he had to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in his nomination papers back in 2003.

The documents were submitted to substantiate the ruling party’s claims that Imran Khan had received funds from the sources prohibited under the law.

The financial records submitted by Abbasi included details with regard to sale of Imran’s London apartment in 2004. Moreover, the documents do not have any mention of loan taken from Imran’s ex-spouse Jemima Goldsmith in connection with purchase of PTI chief’s Bani Gala residence.

Abbasi filed the petition in the apex court in May this year, seeking disqualification of PTI chairman Imran Khan and another party leader Jahangir Tareen for tax evasion and concealing income sources.

Petitioner Hanif Abbasi had alleged that Imran Khan impeding ongoing development projects as part of an international conspiracy against Pakistan, which he believed had gained momentum in current tenure of the ruling party.

The petition is being heard by a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nasir, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab.