Pakistan Supreme Court rejects petition seeking disqualification of Imran Khan

Pakistan Supreme Court rejects petition seeking disqualification of Imran Khan

An adverse ruling in both cases would have rendered Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, and Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif ineligible for next year's general election.

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

In the short judgement, Nisar said that all allegations against Khan have been rejected, including foreign funding allegation for his property and alleged wrongdoing in purchase Khans estate of Bani Gala near Islamabad.

The verdict has, however, disqualified Jahangir Tareen for life.

Nisar said that the bench had carefully examined all the evidence.

Chief Sheikh Rashid has praised Jemima Goldsmith for saving Imran Khan in the disqualification case.

In a separate case, the apex court rejected an appeal by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the anti-corruption watchdog, to reopen a Rs 1.2-billion money laundering case against former premier Nawaz Sharif and members of his family.

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PTI spokesman Naeem Ul Haq said the party was disappointed with that judgement.

"We will file a review petition against disqualification of Tareen", Chaudhry told reporters. The court also did not accept it to be true that full money trail of London property was hidden as it was declared in children's assets since 2011, he said.

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

He is one of the front runners to become Pakistan's next leader after the ouster of three-time premier Sharif in July and his disqualification to seek another term in future.

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.

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