FIA Constitutes Team, Will Oversee PTI Funding Probe

FIA Constitutes Team, Will Oversee PTI Funding Probe

FIA Formed a Five-Member Team

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) formed a five-member team on Friday to supervise the inquiry teams of the FIA’s separate zones investigating the subject pertaining to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) order in the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) ‘prohibited’ funding case. 

According to a notification issued by the FIA’s economic crime wing director, the FIA monitoring team, led by FIA director Mohammad Athar Waheed, would be responsible for cooperation with and counselling to the appropriate inquiry teams in each zone. 

The FIA team was notified only a few days after a three-member ECP tribunal unanimously concluded that the PTI accepted prohibited funding in the 2014 case. 

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Political Parties Order

According to the FIA statement, the investigation is being carried out in accordance with Section 6 of the Political Parties Order, 2002. The panel that has been tasked with supervising the ongoing investigations into PTI’s funding matter will include FIA’s additional director Khalid Anees, deputy director Khawaja Hammad, Chaudhary Ijaz Ahmed, and assistant director Ijaz Ahmed Sheikh. 

Also, on Friday, the lower ranks of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) petitioned the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) investigation into the suspected collection of foreign funding. 

As stated by the Election Commission of Pakistan, the PTI’s financial board authorised four employees of the party’s central secretariat in 2011 — telephone operator (Tahir Iqbal), computer operator (Mohammad Nauman Afzal), accountant (Mohammad Arshad), and PTI’s office helper (Mohammad Rafiq) — to receive funds from within Pakistan and overseas in their personal accounts. 

In their plea, Iqbal, Arshad, and Rafiq, through their counsel Shah Khawar, claimed that FIA inspector Rehana Kausar began harassing them after Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah announced the registration of a case against the employees at a news conference.

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