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Pakistan's top court rejects Imran Khan parliament ban

Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, gestures as he addresses members of the media, after Pakistan's Supreme Court dismissed a petition to disqualify him from parliament for not declaring assets, outside Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan December 15, 2017. Image copyright Reuters

Pakistan's Supreme Court has cleared opposition politician Imran Khan of failing to declare his assets.

The former cricketer could have been banned from parliament. However, the secretary general of his PTI party, Jahangir Tareen was disqualified.

Both men were accused of concealing details of some of their properties and income when entering politics.

The court ruled that Mr Tareen had not been "honest" in failing to declare property he owned in the UK.

The party will also face an investigation by the Election Commission into allegations it illegally received money from foreign nationals.

In July the Supreme Court disqualified then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif following an inquiry into his family's finances that Imran Khan had pressed for.

Both cases came after revelations which emerged in the so-called Panama Papers.

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