KARACHI – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has summoned PTI Chairman Imran Khan to investigate a money laundering case.
The former prime minister has been asked to appear before the investigative team at the FIA office in Karachi on October 31 (Monday).
Earlier this month, FIA Banking Circle filed a complaint against Khan and other PTI leaders in connection with prohibited funding received by his party.
According to the FIR, the Abraaj Group, which is owned by business tycoon Arif Naqvi, transferred $2.1 million to the PTI account at a bank branch located on Jinnah Avenue in the federal capital.
The federal agency further alleged that the Imran Khan-led party also received funds from two Wotan Cricket Club bank accounts.
The FIA has also booked Sardar Azhar Tariq, Tariq Shafi and Younis Aamir Kiani in the same deal. He also said that Arif Naqvi had submitted a false affidavit to the ECP in a prohibited financing case.
Some bank branch officials were also named in the FIR for failing to report suspicious PTI-related transactions to relevant authorities.
The FIA had launched its investigation against the PTI in August this year after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said in its verdict that the party had received illegal funding.
Announcing its decision on a case brought by disgruntled PTI leader Akbar S Babar in 2014, the top electoral body said the Imran Khan-led party had also received funds from business tycoon Arif Naqvi and 34 nationals strangers.
The ECP alleged that the party submitted a false affidavit regarding its bank accounts and determined that the party was hiding 13 bank accounts that it should have declared.