Pak SC rejects petition to disqualify Imran Khan from Parliament

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's general secretary Jahangir Khan Tareen stands as party chief Imran Khan addresses media outside Supreme Court building after a hearing into Panama scandal case on Thursday

However, the secretary general of his PTI party, Jahangir Tareen was disqualified.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi had filed two petitions seeking disqualification of Khan and Tareen from Parliament over their alleged non-declaration of assets and ownership of offshore companies in nomination papers. I am proud that all allegations of financial wrongdoing were thrown out.

The Supreme Court disqualified Tareen.

Nisar said that the bench had carefully examined all the evidence. "This petition has no merits and is hereby dismissed", Chief Justice Saqib Nisar told the court.

The court also ruled that the Election Commission of Pakistan will impartially investigate the foreign funding claims against the PTI chief by scrutinising accounts up till five years ago. Bani Gala is Khan's property and he bought the land for his family, the CJP announced.

"Thanks God! Supreme Court has cleared Imran Khan after one year of struggle..."

He expressed joy at his exoneration but regretted that his aide Tareens disqualification.

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About lifetime disqualification of Jahangir Tareen, Sheikh Rashid said "I feel sorry for Tareen but it's happens".

Khan said that the PTI would file for a review of the Supreme Court's judgement on Tareen, insisting it was based on a technicality. After more than 50 court hearings, the verdict was reserved on November 14.

The three-member bench of Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel rejected an appeal against a 2014 decision of the Lahore High Court that quashed the case for lack of evidence.

It was the second major case involving the leader of a leading political party.

The former cricketer could have been banned from parliament.

Millions of people voted for Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party in the last elections held in 2013 and his support has been growing since.

Khan had led the legal drive that led to Sharif being disqualified in July over unreported income and the opening of a criminal corruption case against the former prime minister.

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