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Imran Khan urges Supreme Court to dismiss govt's appeal in NAB amendments case

Imran Khan urges Supreme Court to dismiss govt's appeal in NAB amendments case
Imran Khan urges Supreme Court to dismiss govt's appeal in NAB amendments case

 


PTI founder Imran Khan (L) and PTI chief Qazi Faez Isa. AFP/Screenshot via State Media/File

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan has requested the Supreme Court to dismiss the intra-court appeals in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) amendment case as it does not concern him personally but in fact concerns the entire country.

“We respectfully pray that the pending appeals be dismissed. Any other relief deemed fit and proper by this Court may also be granted,” Khan said in his written submission to the Supreme Court.

The PTI founder's submission comes as the Supreme Court last month reserved its verdict on the pleas of the federal and provincial governments challenging the Supreme Court's 2-1 majority judgment of September 15, which was announced by a bench headed by former Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial.

In 2022, the Pakistan Democratic Movement government made amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAB) which were challenged by Imran Khan in the Supreme Court.

The move comes as the incarcerated prime minister shares a rather controversial history with CJP Isa as it was his government that had filed a presidential petition against the sitting chief justice in 2019 for allegedly owning properties abroad in the names of his wife and children and not mentioning them in his asset declaration.

The reference was challenged by the Supreme Court judge and subsequently a larger 10-member bench headed by then Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial dismissed it.

Later, Khan admitted that filing the presidential appeal against CJP Isa was a “mistake”.

Moreover, the outgoing CJP president has been involved in various cases involving the former prime minister and his party has expressed concerns in this regard.

A PTI spokesperson, according to The News, complained that his party was being deprived of justice and even its petitions were not being considered by the courts.

“PTI Central Committee wants CJP Isa not to sit on benches in our affairs […] “Unfortunately, the kind of decisions that are being made appear to be biased; the element of favouritism in the verdicts strengthens our claim,” he said.

“It's not about me, it's about the country”

In his four-page written submission, the PTI founder recalled Justice Athar Minallah's remarks that the NAB amendments would benefit him, however, he said it was not about personal gain but the common good of our country and millions of Pakistanis who place their faith in a system that should serve them.

“Throughout my political career, I have always taken a stand against corruption, even at great personal risk and sacrifice, including my current imprisonment. My life’s work and sacrifices have always been dedicated to fighting corruption and ensuring justice,” Khan said.

Protection of corrupt individuals

Continuing, the former prime minister said that the NAB amendments were brought with the sole aim of ending cases against those involved in corruption and they have not only ended their cases but have also significantly hampered the prosecution of white-collar crimes in the future.

“By undermining the rule of law, these amendments create an environment in which corruption can flourish unchecked, discouraging legitimate investment and holding back economic progress, harming the very people whose interests lawmakers were elected to protect.

“The amendments to the NAB ordinance, designed to protect the corrupt, will have long-term adverse effects on our economy, making it harder for honest businesses to thrive and for foreign investors to have confidence in our legal system,” he said.

On the issue of abuse of power by the anti-corruption body, Khan said the NAB ordinance in such cases should be reformed to prevent such abuse.

He also referred to the Toshakhana case against him and said that a necklace worth Rs 18 crore was falsely declared as worth Rs 3.18 crore.

Reiterating his stand on the NAB amendments case, the PTI founder requested the Supreme Court to dismiss the intra-judicial appeals of the federal and provincial governments.

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