Imran Khan, other PTI leaders booked for receiving banned funding from abroad

Islamabad: Deposed Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and other senior leaders of his Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party were arrested Tuesday by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for allegedly receiving banned funding from abroad. The case was filed by the state through the FIA’s Corporate Banking Circle in Islamabad. According to the first information report (FIR), one Arif Masood Naqvi, who owns the Wooton Cricket Limited, has “illegitimately” transferred money to a bank account registered under the name of the PTI, Dawn newspaper reported.

“The purpose stated in the quick messages of the transactions is ‘agreed transfer’ to disguise the true nature, origin, location, movement and ownership of these funds,” the indictment said.

According to the FIR, the former leaders of the ruling party have violated the Foreign Exchange Act and have been identified as beneficiaries of suspicious bank accounts.

The FIR went on to say that Naqvi was also facing lawsuits in the UK and US for defrauding investors.

The complaint named Imran Khan, Sardar Azhar Tariq Khan, Saifullah Khan Nyazee, Syed Yunus Ali Raza, Aamer Mehmood Kiani, Tariq Rahim Sheikh, Tariq Shafi, Faisal Maqbool Shaikh, Hamid Zaman and Manzoor Ahmad Chaudhary as signatories/beneficiaries of the PTI account in question.

“PTI has submitted an affidavit by Arif Masood Naqvi to the Pakistan Election Commission stating that all monies collected from WCL’s accounts have been submitted to PTI’s account in Pakistan. This affidavit has been found to be false/falsified as there are still two transactions were also made from WCL to two different accounts in Pakistan in May 2013,” according to the FIR.

Last month, the Electoral Commission ruled in its ruling in the banned financing case against PTI that the party had indeed received prohibited financing.

A three-member ECP bank led by Chief Election Commissioner Sikander (CEC) Sultan Raja noted that the party “knowingly and intentionally” received funding from Wootton Cricket Limited.

The party was a “willing recipient” of banned money of $2,121,500, it said.

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