Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan went before the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday to contest the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) right to look into audio leaks involving the cipher allegedly containing a threat from the United States.
The appeal, which also names the interior secretary, director general of the FIA, and head of the investigation team, is signed by the PTI chairman and declares that “the inquiry conducted by the FIA is illegitimate, unlawful, and without any authority and jurisdiction.”
The former prime minister has argued in court that it is completely unclear as to what offense, if any, he is being investigated for, according to the notice that was sent to him. The notification is “silent concerning any criminal infraction perpetrated by him,” he further informed the court.
In addition, the former prime minister informed the court that he had already appealed the case to the Supreme Court, claiming that it was politically motivated and intended to coerce and harass him. He said that the “manipulated audios” had been “published and spread” for “ulterior reasons” by his “political rivals”.
The PTI leader claims in his plea that he is the target of “pressuring and blackmail” by the organization, which he claims is happening.
The petition claims that “this investigation is a colorable exercise of power by the FIA being conducted in ill faith.” Additionally, he has denied that the “illegal acts” violate his fundamental rights.
Khan has requested that the FIA investigation be suspended from its current operations while his appeal is being considered as an interim relief.