Imran Khan's troubles may increase, FIA constitutes a 6-member team to investigate the PTI funding case

Imran Khan's troubles may increase, FIA constitutes a 6-member team to investigate the PTI funding case
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has constituted a six-member team to probe the banned funding case of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The action comes after a unanimous decision of a three-member bench of the Election Commission, which said that PTI has received prohibited funds in the case pending since 2014.
 
Aamna Baig will lead the investigation team
 
According to sources, Director Aamna Baig will lead the investigation team. Four employees named in the ECP report have been included in the preliminary investigation. The employees who recorded their initial testimony to the FIA ​​include Muhammad Rafiq, Tahir Iqbal, and Muhammad Arshad.
 
Scope of investigation against PTI widened
 
Concerned authorities have widened the scope of investigation against PTI in the banned funding case. The intelligence agency has formed a five-member special surveillance team. According to the report of ARY News, the monitoring team will coordinate with regional investigation teams in Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Islamabad, Quetta, and Faisalabad.
 
PTI declared a foreign-funded party
On 4 August, the Pakistan government decided to file a disqualification reference against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan after the banned funding case was decided and the federal cabinet accepted the recommendation.
Pakistan's Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said in her press conference that a total of 16 bank accounts were used by PTI which were not found on record.
He alleged that PTI used the donation as a party fund and it would be probed.
"For the first time in Pakistan, a political party has been declared as a foreign-funded party," Maryam said.
He said the accounts of PTI Secretariat employees were used for foreign funding.
According to ARY News, Aurangzeb said that PTI was declared a 'foreign-funded party' after the ECP's decision.
Funding from US, Australia, and UAE
 
The ECP, in its unanimous decision on the 'prohibited funding' case, said on August 2 that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had received the banned funds. A show cause notice was issued to PTI on this. The commission found that donations were drawn from 34 countries in the fundraising. These include the US, Australia, and the UAE.
 
Hiding accounts 'violates the constitution
 
The ECP also said that PTI had taken money from an American businessman. In its judgment, the ECP has observed 'unknown accounts' and said that hiding the accounts is a 'violation of the Constitution. Further, it was found that PTI Chairman Imran Khan has submitted a false nomination form.
 
The ECP decided to issue a show cause notice to PTI to explain why the commission should not forfeit the money received. The ECP released the cause list of the case on Monday. The cause list revealed that the decision would be announced by a three-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja.

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