Imran Khan refuses to respond to FIA notice in prohibited funding case 

Imran Khan refuses to respond to FIA notice in prohibited funding case 

Islamabad (Web Desk): Former premier and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday minister refused to provide his personal banking details to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the prohibited funding case.

In a written response to the FIA's notice, the former prime minister said he is neither answerable nor obligated to provide information.

The reply to the notice was sent to Amina Baig, Deputy Director of FIA Commercial Bank Circle, Islamabad by former attorney general Anwar Mansoor Khan on behalf of the PTI and its chairman.

Imran also warned the investigative agency of legal action if it did not withdraw the notice within two days.

"Neither am I liable to answer to you nor is it liable on me to provide information to you. If notice is not taken back in two days then I will take legal action against you," the former premier said.

Khan while terming the notice malicious intent, said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had issued a report and not a decision in the prohibited funding case.

He said that the ECP cannot issue orders to FIA or any other body based on this report.

The PTI chief further said that the FIA does not have the authority to take action under the Political Parties Order 2002.

He added that added that the notice also contravenes the FIA Act.

"The Supreme Court (SC) has declared the ECP as an administrative body in several decisions. The ECP is neither a court nor a tribunal," Khan said.

Earlier this month, FIA formed a five-member special monitoring team, expanding the scope of inquiry into the prohibited funding case against the PTI to the entire country.

The PTI had moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the FIA for taking action following the ECP's verdict in the prohibited funding case but the court had disposed of the petition.

On August 16, the IHC decided to form a larger bench on the decision of the ECP's prohibited funding case against the PTI.

On August 2, the ECP ruled that the PTI  received prohibited funding.

A three-member ECP bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikander (CEC) Sultan Raja, in a unanimous verdict which was reserved on June 21, announced that the PTI received prohibited funding and issued a show-cause notice to the party.

The commission found that 34 foreign donations were taken in fundraising. The donations were taken from America, Australia, Canada and the UAE, the ECP said added, the PTI took funds from an American businessman.

The commission also said that PTI chief Imran Khan had submitted a “misdeclaration” with the commission. The PTI chairman kept accounts hidden which is a violation of the Constitution, it said.

The prohibited funding case, previously referred to as the foreign funding case, was filed by PTI founding member Akbar S. Babar and has been pending since November 14, 2014.