Islamabad [Pakistan]February 20 (ANI): Former Pakistani prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek Indifference (PTI) leader Imran Khan could be arrested anytime on Monday in a banned foreign funding case.
ARY News, citing sources, reported that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has decided to arrest PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan in a case of prohibited funding.
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The source further stated that Imran Khan will be arrested by the FIA with the help of the Lahore police.
Furthermore, a four-person team has been formed to take charge of the arrest, while a summary has been forwarded to the DG FIA for final approval, ARY News reported.
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On February 2, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed a petition filed by the Pakistan Justice Movement (PTI) against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) ruling in the prohibition of funding case.
It is important to note here that the investigative agency has opened a case against the head of the Pakistan Justice Movement (PTI) and 10 others on charges of receiving foreign funding. The case has been registered with the FIA Corporate Banking Circle.
According to ARY News, the First Information Report (FIR) in the case stated that the defendants, including the former prime minister, violated the Foreign Exchange Act and that all nominees were beneficiaries of private bank accounts.
Meanwhile, Khan has time until 5pm today to appear in the Lahore High Court for a case related to the protests outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Judge Tariq Salim Sheikh directed the former prime minister to appear in person while his application for protective bail was heard.
On February 15, Islamabad’s anti-terrorism court – citing non-appearance – rejected Imran’s request to extend temporary bail in a case related to violent protests outside the ECP after disqualifying him in the Toshakhana case, Dawn reported.
The PTI chief has been recuperating at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore since he was wounded in a pit-stop assassination attempt while his caravan was marching in Wazirabad in Islamabad.
Subsequently, the head of PTI sought interim protective bail from the LHC.
In a previous hearing, Judge Sheikh had warned against serving a contempt notice on Imran, stating that the signature of the head of PTI on the affidavit (attached to the affidavit) was different from the power of attorney. The court also directed him to appear in person by 2pm on February 20.
The court also advised Punjab Inspector-General Dr Usman Anwar to meet the PTI chief’s legal team and make a decision on security, ARY News reported.
A large police force was deployed at the gates of the LHC ahead of today’s hearing.
Imran’s legal team also arrived at the courtroom to review security arrangements. Meanwhile, PTI supporters have begun gathering outside the LHC, Dawn reports.
A large number of PTI workers started heading to Zaman Park, the source said, adding that a special security team would leave later today with Imran Khan, who is expected to appear in court later today.
Several members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) local leadership were registered in the Toshakhana reference for alleged vandalism during protests in Islamabad after the ECP disqualified former prime minister and head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf from Toshakhana case.
The case also registered cases against PTI leaders including Senators Faisal Javed, Aamir Kayani, Wasiq Qayyum Abbasi, Raja Rashid Hafeez, Umer Tanveer Butt, Rashid Naeem Abbasi and Raja Majid.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has disqualified Imran Khan, former prime minister and chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf Pakistan, in the Toshakhana reference under section 63(1)(p). (Arnie)
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