FIA forms team to oversee probe into PTI banned funding

ISLAMABAD, Aug 06 (Alliance News): The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has appointed inquiry teams from the respective zones of FIA to investigate the matter related to the order of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) prohibited funding case. A five-member team was formed for monitoring.

According to the notification issued by the Director of Economic Crimes Wing of FIA, it was said that the FIA ​​Monitoring Team headed by Director of FIA Muhammad Athar Waheed is in contact with the relevant inquiry teams in each zone. Will be responsible for work and guidance.

The FIA ​​team was notified a few days after the unanimous judgment of the three-judge bench of the ECP, which said that PTI received prohibited funding in a case pending since 2014.

According to the FIA ​​notification, an investigation is being conducted under Section 6 of the Political Parties Order, 2002.

FIA Additional Director Khalid Anees, Deputy Director Khawaja Hammad, Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed and Assistant Director Ijaz Ahmed Shaikh will be the members of the team tasked with monitoring the ongoing inquiries in the PTI funding case.

Petition of PTI staff against ‘harassment’
On the other hand, lower cadres of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court against the inquiry initiated by the FIA ​​into the alleged receipt of foreign funding.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, in 2011, PTI’s finance board had suspended four employees of the party’s central secretariat, a telephone operator (Tahir Iqbal), a computer operator (Muhammad Nauman Afzal), an accountant (Muhammad Arshad) and the PTI office. Helper (Muhammad Rafiq), Co. Allowed funds to be received in their personal accounts within Pakistan and abroad.

In their petition, Iqbal, Arshad and Rafiq appeared before Acting Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Justice Aamir Farooq through their lawyer Shah Khawar.

The PTI workers alleged that when Home Minister Rana Sanaullah announced a case against the employees in a press conference, FIA Inspector Rehana Kausar started harassing them.

Calling it malicious by the investigating agency, the lawyer argued that notices were issued to his clients at midnight after the minister’s press conference and requested the court to quash the notices.

However, Justice Farooq issued a notice to the FIA ​​and asked for a reply by August 10.

According to Akbar S. Babar, the complainant in the foreign funding case, founding member of PTI, an amount of Rs.

In 2016 and 2017, Akbar S. Babar had written to the authorities to initiate an inquiry into the matter, but the previous PML-N government ignored it.

As far as the account details are concerned PTI’s telephone operator received Rs 4715 thousand in his account when his monthly income was Rs 28,000, PTI’s accountant received Rs 840 thousand and 9 lakh in two accounts. 59 thousand rupees received while he was earning 42 thousand rupees per month.

Similarly, office helper Rafiq received 47 lakh 25 thousand rupees while his monthly income was 23 thousand rupees, 23 lakh 79 thousand rupees were deposited in another account.

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