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Imran ordered to seem earlier than FIA in funding probe

ISLAMABAD: A banking courtroom in Islamabad has requested former prime minister Imran Khan to seem earlier than the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) in reference to the probe within the prohibited funding case in opposition to his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) get together.

In August final, the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) declared the opposition get together accepted tens of millions of {dollars} from what it dominated had been prohibited sources.

The highest electoral company stated the get together acquired funds from 34 international nationals — together with Arif Naqvi, a billionaire financier and former boss of now-defunct Abraaj personal fairness agency — and a few 351 companies a lot of whom had been primarily based in Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Cayman Islands.

It stated that through the probe, the get together took possession of eight accounts however saved 13 hidden. Hiding such data from the ECP is a violation of Article 17 of the Structure, the company stated.

In a bail petition, the counsel for Khan had urged the courtroom to cease the company from arresting the chairman of the get together within the case.

On the outset of the listening to on Thursday, Rizwan Abbasi, a particular prosecutor, requested the courtroom to reject Khan’s plea, whereas the petitioner’s lawyer requested the courtroom to present a two-week extension on medical grounds.

Khan’s lawyer additionally requested an exemption for his shopper to seem earlier than the courtroom for Thursday’s listening to.

The prosecutor maintained that Khan has been politically energetic for the reason that assassination bid on his life throughout a protest rally in Wazirabad in November.

“He’s operating the political affairs however doesn’t seem within the courtroom,” Abbasi stated, requesting the courtroom to reject his plea for exemption.

He claimed that Khan neither appeared within the courtroom nor joined the probe, asking the courtroom to inform the investigation officer to go to the previous prime minister at his residence in Lahore.

When requested concerning the purpose for Khan’s absence from investigations, his lawyer stated there have been many causes he couldn’t seem earlier than the investigation officer regardless of “his willingness”.

He stated that Khan was injured in an assassination bid and he would seem earlier than IO as quickly because the medical doctors enable him.

At this, prosecutor Abbasi maintained the investigation officer couldn’t go to Lahore for interrogation.

“Imran Khan seems on TV however not within the courts,” Rizwan stated whereas requesting the courtroom to take again the choice of Khan’s interim bail.

Decide Rakhshanda Shaheen turned down the request by Khan’s lawyer to interrogate the previous premier at his residence.

“The investigation officer can maintain investigations wherever and nevertheless he needs, the courtroom is not going to intrude,” the decide remarked.

In the meantime, the decide requested Khan’s lawyer to help the courtroom with why shouldn’t it withdraw the interim bail.

She directed Khan to affix the probe to make sure his presence earlier than the company underneath any circumstances and adjourned the listening to until January 31.

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