Land has to be declared in election forms

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has told the Counsel representing Jahangir Tareen that land ? whether owned or leased ? has to be declared in the election forms. The chief justice was presiding over a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justice Umar Atta Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab, which was hearing a petition filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi. The petition seeks the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and the party’s secretary general Jahangir Tareen over non-disclosure of assets, existence of offshore companies as well as the PTI being a foreign-aided party. The debate in the court remained focused on the 18,566 acres of land which, according to Tareen’s lawyer in a previous hearing, was leased by his client in 2010. Tareen had earned around Rs1.6 billion agricultural income from the said land. Delivering his arguments, Advocate Sikander Mohmand said that Tareen had submitted his tax returns along with his nomination papers, adding that the land owned by Tareen was declared on the election forms. However, he said, the election forms do not contain a column for leased land. Advocate Mohmand admitted before the court that Tareen had not mentioned in the election forms the 18,566 acres of leased land. He maintained, however, that no misinformation was given in the papers. The chief justice then told the lawyer that the definition of landholding encompasses both owned and leased land.

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