– A three-member bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar conducted hearing over Hanif Abbasi’s petition pertaining to the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Secretary General Jahangir Tareen.
Defense lawyer Sikandar Bashir presented Tareen’s written statement in the court. He told SC that election form only asked about the details of proprietary land while his client hid nothing in the nomination papers.
“For instance, some person does not own any personal agricultural land but has an income of Rs10 billion from a land taken on lease. What will the person then write in the election form?” asked CJ Saqib Nisar.
The lawyer replied that nothing will be then written in the form as our stance is that the tax is paid by the first owner from whom the the land was bought on lease.
The Chief Justice remarked that Jahangir Tareen received the income of the leased land and as per law every agricultural earner is liable to pay tax therefore; Tareen should have paid five percent tax on the income.