The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has asked PTI chief Imran Khan for the records of businessmen, including all the companies, that fund his party.
The deputy director of FIA Islamabad Zone, in a letter to the PTI chairman and the secretary general, asked for the records of national and international companies providing funding to his party.
According to the text of FIA’s letter, PTI should provide the records of all its organizations and trusts since 1996. A record of the amount received for membership since the establishment of the party should be provided.
The FIA has asked for the records of all national and international companies providing funds to the party, as well as business organizations and individuals, asking them to provide separate details of all the amounts received.
In the letter to Imran, it has been asked to provide the annual statement of all the accounts opened till now, besides the list of all the party officials along with their identity card numbers.
The investigators have also sought the names of all those persons who were allowed to operate party accounts.
The Election Commission of Pakistan had issued a show-cause notice declaring Imran Khan’s affidavit invalid in the PTI prohibited funding case.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, in a ‘unanimous’ verdict on August 2 ruled that the PTI received funding from prohibited funds.
In its 68-page decision, the ECP stated that PTI had received funding from the US, while Imran Khan submitted a false affidavits from 2008 to 2013. The party received funds from 34 foreigners and Arif Naqvi, it ruled.
Akbar S. Babar, one of the founding members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, had filed an application in the Election Commission regarding foreign funding of the party back in 2014.
The case was heard for almost eight years before the the ECP delivered its verdict.
According to Akbar S. Babar, the issue of funds received by the party from prohibited sources was first raised before party chairman Imran Khan in 2011.
Later, Akbar S. Babar took this case to the ECP on November 14, 2014 and stated that between 2009 and 2013, PTI collected more than $7.3 million dollars from 12 countries.
Akbar S. Babar said that no one knows the real source of these huge amounts of funds received from foreign sources through offshore companies transferred to the bank accounts of the party.