Imran Khan’s request to have the prohibited funding case investigated at his Lahore home in Zaman Park was denied on Thursday by a banking court in the federal capital, which also ordered him to appear before the investigating officer. Imran Khan is the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The prohibited funding case was heard before Banking Court Judge Rakhshanda Shaheen, and Special Prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi argued that Imran’s request for bail should be denied.
The court stated that the investigating officer’s (IO) responsibility is to conduct the investigation and that the court will not direct the IO.
Since the Wazirabad incident, where the PTI leader was shot by gunfire pointed at his open-top container truck, the special prosecutor claimed Imran is in charge of political affairs but does not show up in court.
“The former premier’s request for an exemption from appearing in court should be rejected,” Abbasi said. “Neither did he appear in court, nor was he involved in the investigation.”
When it comes to injuries, he insisted that the incident happened in November and that since then Imran has made media appearances but hasn’t shown up in court. Therefore, he continued, “the decision on interim bail should be withdrawn.”
The court next questioned Imran’s attorney about why the PTI leader chose not to cooperate with the investigation. The former prime minister’s attorney responded by saying that Imran wants to take part in the inquiry.
The attorney continued, “However, there are a number of reasons for his non-appearance,” noting that Imran had been hurt in the assault and that he would show up in court as soon as the doctors gave him the okay.
The attorney also informed the court that Imran has frequently referenced the rule of law and asked that Imran be released on bail with a two-week extension for a medical appearance.
Judge Shaheen then extended the former premier’s temporary release on bail until January 31 and rejected Imran’s request.
PTI leaders, including party chairman Imran Khan, the party’s financial team, and a manager of a private bank, had been detained by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in connection with the case involving illegal funding.
The FIA Commercial Banking Circle in Islamabad filed the lawsuit.
A first information report (FIR) claims that the former leaders of the ruling party violated the Foreign Exchange Act and were identified as the owners of suspicious bank accounts.
According to the FIA, the Abraaj Group also transferred $2.1 million to the PTI’s bank accounts.
When the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) ruled that the PTI had indeed received illegal funding, the agency began its investigation into the party in August of last year.
Akbar S. Babar, a founding member of PTI who is now disgruntled, had filed the lawsuit, which has been pending since November 14, 2014.
The political party had received illegal funding from foreign nations, including the US, UAE, UK, and Australia, according to the ECP’s written order.