ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen filed on Friday an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against his disqualification from Parliament.
A Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, had disqualified Tareen on December 15 in its decision on a petition filed against Tareen and PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
Clearing Imran, the court had declared Tareen dishonest under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, stating that the PTI leader used suspicious terms in his statements to the court, besides not declaring his offshore company.
Following his disqualification, Tareen had claimed that he was disqualified over the interpretation of a legal term.
Tareen has submitted an affidavit with the review petition, stating that the purpose of establishing the Random Trust was to provide a family dwelling in England for his children and grandchildren.
He stated that the inclusion of him and his wife as lifetime beneficiaries in the settlement was a protective measure only. It adds that Tareen never intended, expected or planned for the dwelling held under the trust to be transferred to him or his wife during his lifetime.
He states further that the reason he did not mention his offshore company Shiny View Limited or Hyde House (the palatial residence) in his nomination papers or tax returns as he had arrived at this conclusion based on his honest belief and understanding of the legal effect of the trust arrangement.
He claimed that the question of concealing the trust does not arise since it was funded through remittances from Pakistan using official banking channels.
“My understanding and knowledge of the trust arrangement, its legal aspects and components and its legal effect was that of a lay person gathered from my interaction with my professional advisors and the Trustees,” the affidavit states.
Tareen concludes that the documents he submitted in court during the hearing “do not warrant a declaration of dishonesty” on his part, adding that there was never any intent to mislead or conceal the truth from the court, his former constituents, the government, nor is there any evidence to the contrary on record. –Web Desk