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Not answerable to you, Imran tells FIA

Threatens agency with legal action over notice to provide personal banking details

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and former premier Imran Khan on Wednesday said he was not obligated to provide any information to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the prohibited funding case.

In a written response to the FIA’s notice, the former prime minister refused to provide his personal banking details and said he is neither answerable nor obligated to provide information. The reply to the notice was sent by former attorney general Anwar Mansoor Khan on behalf of the party and its chairman. Imran also warned the investigative agency of legal action if it did not withdraw the notice within two days.

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“Neither am I liable to answer to you nor is it liable on me to provide information to you. If notice is not taken back in two days then I will take legal action against you,” said the PTI chairman in a written response sent to FIA Commercial Bank Circle Islamabad’s Deputy Director Amna Baig.

Terming the notice malicious intent on part of the agency, Imran stated in his reply that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had issued a report and not a decision in the prohibited funding case. “The election commission cannot issue orders to FIA or any other body based on this report.” “The FIA does not have the authority to take action under the Political Parties Order 2002,” said the former premier and added that the notice also contravenes the FIA Act.

“The Supreme Court has declared the Election Commission as an administrative body in several decisions. The ECP is neither a court nor a tribunal,” he stated. Earlier this month, the Federal Investigation Agency formed a five-member special monitoring team, expanding the scope of inquiry into the prohibited funding case against the former ruling party to the entire country.

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The PTI had moved the court against the FIA for taking action following the ECP’s verdict in the prohibited funding case. However, the IHC had disposed of the petition. On August 16, the IHC decided to form a larger bench on the decision of the ECP’s prohibited funding case against the PTI.

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