Court dismisses Imran Khan foreign funding case


ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has dismissed a graft case against Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan Friday (December 15), ensuring he will contest a general election due next year, just months after the same body ousted ex-prime minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi petitioned the Supreme Court late last year to disqualify Khan and PTI leader Jahangir Tareen from holding political office over charges including unreported assets.

The petition focused on the funds Khan used to buy a scenic, sprawling property on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Khan has dismissed the claims as a political vendetta, saying he used money earned from his cricketing career and that he has the documentation.

"This petition has no merits and is dismissed accordingly," Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said, reading from the judgement to a packed courtroom.

In the same judgment, the court found Tareen guilty of misusing his public office for insider trading and disqualified him from office for life, reported Dawn.

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