KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) stopped taking any adverse action against 2 Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leaders in the investigation into the prohibited funding case by the Sindh High Court on Friday until September 24.
Sindh High Court Stopped FIA:
On a different petition of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s inquiry and call-up notices in the wake of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) ruling within the case, the Islamabad Highcourt (IHC) issued notices to the authority and sought its reply within a week.
Ismail and Seema had filed a petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC), following the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA inquiry). The counsel for the petitioners declared that the 3 bank accounts on the premise of the inquiry being conducted against his client had been closed.
He contended that the call-up notice issued by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) ought to be quashed and also the inquiry initiated against the petitioners ought to be terminated. He additionally requested the court to restrain the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from issuing any order till a decision was taken on the petition.
For the consequent hearing, a two-judge bench headed by Justice Mohammad Karim Khan Agha additionally issued notices to the inside secretary, director general-FIA, deputy director FIA-Karachi, and also the deputy attorney person general.
Former Sindh governor Imran Ismail and MPA Dr. Seema Zia, through their counsel, petitioned the SHC impugning the call-up notices issued by the FIA on August five about the investigation into alleged misdirection of party funds.
Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices on PTI leaders’ petition against Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) investigation into the prohibited funding case
The petitioners’ lawyer person argued that the impugned notices were issued consistent with the August two order of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) within the PTI’s prohibited funding case.
He declared that the ECP had not referred the matter to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and also the notices were issued with not any jurisdiction solely to harass and spite the petitioners.
The counsel has placed reliance on an order of the Peshawar High court passed on August eleven in an exceedingly judicial writ petition filed by former National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser in the same matter and pleaded to issue a restraining order for the FIA to not take any powerful action against the petitioners.
Bench in its order said that be that as it could, let notices be issued to the respondents moreover DAG for 24 September 2022. Bench additionally added in its order that in the meantime, FIA could continue the inquiry,
however, no adverse action consistent with the notices declared above was taken against the petitioners until the consequent date of hearing.
Both PTI leaders in their petition submitted that their party was singled out despite orders passed by the Islamabad High court for hearing and final decision on matters associated with different political parties.
They were of the thought that the order passed by the ECP was an investigatory report that needed different proceedings to be initiated by the issuance of a show-cause notice and it can’t be thought about as the conclusion of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
They submitted that the Election Commission of Pakistan never order any regional wing as well as the Sindh chapter of the PTI or the other allied mother wing or office-bearers and maintained that the bank accounts opened and maintained by native office-bearers of the regional or provincial wing of the PTI were never used for foreign funding or prohibited funding rather the central party through cross cheques transferred some amounts for expenditure to the provincial wing, that was a matter of record.
They alleged that they were aiming to be ill-used politically by agencies as a tool to pressurize political rivals and pleaded to line aside the impugned call-up notices.
Later, the court issued a notice to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on the petition against the investigation into the transfer of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) funds to the private bank accounts of the PTI staff and sought-after a reply by August seventeen.