ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and senior lawyer Hamid Khan on Friday excused himself from representing his party in Panamagate case in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, a day after media reports claimed that the party was not satisfied with his performance and wanted to replace him.
"I have apprised Chairman Sahib i can contest a case in the court, but i am unable to indulge in a media war," he said while talking to Geo News. The lawyer said he has informed Imran Khan about his decision. "It was not possible for me to contest the case anymore after media campaign".
"In my opinion Naeem Bukhari can continue with the case as he has done a lot of work on it," he said of another senior lawyer of the PTI team.
Hamid Khan said the case was solid and should be decided in PTI's favour.
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According to Geo News, Imran Khan applauded Hamid Khan's services for the party and insisted that he should continue to provide his guidance to PTI's legal team. The PTI is said to have contacted eminent lawyer and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Senator Aitzaz Ahsan to seek his advice with regard to proceedings in the Panama leaks case.
Geo News reported that the PTI chairman expressed satisfaction over the performance of his legal team at a meeting which he chaired before leaving for London. But Hamid Khan called the quits shortly after Khan's departure.
Hamid Khan's decision is being seen as a blow to PTI in the middle of Panama Leaks case hearing in the country's top court.