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Imran Khan granted protective bail in prohibited funding case

While speaking to the media outside the court after getting a protective bail, Imran Khan heavily criticized the Chief Election Commissioner.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has granted PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan a protective bail till next week in the prohibited funding case.

According to the details, Chief Justice Athar Minallah summoned Imran Khan earlier today midway through the hearing of Imran Khan’s plea for protective bail in the prohibited funding case registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

During today’s hearing, the court barred the police from arresting the PTI chief till he appears in court and stopped the police from “harassing” him. The bail was also approved against surety bonds worth Rs5,000 till October 18 after Imran Khan appeared before the court.

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While speaking to the media outside the court, Imran Khan heavily criticized Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Raja. Imran Khan claimed that there is only one political party that has legal funding and that is only PTI, and the rest are illegal.

“It is unfortunate that the CEC is not bringing the details of the other parties despite the High Court’s orders,” Imran Khan said.

“He is not doing so because he is their man, and he is biased. If he reveals the details of the other parties then the nation will know whose funding is legal and whose isn’t,” Imran Khan added.

FIA books Imran Khan

A day earlier, the FIA booked PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the prohibited funding case as the agency ramps up the investigation into the matter.

According to the FIR, the Abraaj owner transferred $2,121,500 of his ‘ill-gotten’ money to a PTI account in the UBL. The signatories of the UBL account included Imran Khan, Saifullah Nyazee among other PTI leaders.

Abraaj Group was a private equity firm, operating on six continents, which is currently in liquidation due to accusations of fraud.

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In addition, the party received more financing from two bank accounts of Wotan Cricket Club, read the FIR.

The FIA said the manager of the private bank helped the agency in its probe into the questionable transactions.