FIA files case against Imran Khan for prohibited party funding

Federal Investigation Agency has filed a case against former prime minister Imran Khan for providing his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with illegal financing.

On Tuesday, the case was registered at FIA Banking Circle Police Station in Islamabad.

The FIA opened its investigation into the party funds in August 2022 after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced the verdict that the PTI had received illegal funds.

The FIA recently received approval from the federal Interior Ministry to file cases against party leaders for falsification and failure to disclose foreign cash transactions.

Subsequently, the FIA has sought permission from the federal Interior Ministry to register the case under sections 420, 406, 468, and 471A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against Imran and other members of PTI.

The electoral commission stated that the PTI has received funding from business mogul Arif Naqvi and from 34 foreign nationals while announcing its decision on a case brought by disgruntled PTI leader Akbar S. Babar in 2014.

ECP claimed that the party had provided a false affidavit pertaining to its bank accounts and that it had discovered 13 hidden bank accounts that the party should have disclosed.

Former prime minister Imran Khan on many occasions has called out the ECP chairman for biased behavior and only targeting PTI while ignoring foreign funding cases against other parties.

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