Court extends Imran’s pre-arrest bail in prohibited funding case
The Islamabad District and Sessions Court on Monday extended the pre-arrest bail of former Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan till October 31 in the prohibited funding case filed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
The Federal Investigation Agency had registered a case of prohibited funding against 11 people including Imran Khan on October 11.
According to the FIR, the suspects have violated the Foreign Exchange Act as they are beneficiaries of private bank accounts.
Imran Khan approached the court for protective bail on October 12. Later, Khan was ordered to appear before the concerned court.
The Islamabad High Court has already approved Imran Khan’s protective bail till October 18.
On August 2022, in the unanimous decision of the three-member bench, the Chief Election Commissioner said that it was proved that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) received prohibited funding.
In the decision, it was said that funds from USA, Canada and Wootton Cricket to PTI were prohibited.
The verdict said that PTI received funds from 34 foreigners including Arif Naqvi, funding was also taken from Abraaj Group, IPI and USI.
Unknown accounts have also come to light, said the commission in its verdict, adding that hiding accounts is a “violation” of Article 17 of the Constitution.
Moreover, the ECP found that PTI Chairman Imran Khan submitted a false Nomination Form I and that the affidavit provided regarding party accounts was false.
The ECP decided to issue a show-cause notice to the PTI to explain why the commission should not seize the funds it received.