Prohibited funding case: Court suspends FIA call-up notice to Imran.

LAHORE -- The Lahore High Court on Tuesday suspended a call-up notice of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) issued to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the prohibited funding case.

Earlier, Advocate Intizar Hussain Panjhuta argued on behalf of Mr Khan that the FIA had no power to proceed in the matter, especially when the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) did not even hold that any law had been violated in opening or operating the bank accounts in question.

He said the ECP never directed the FIA or any other agency to inquire into any aspect of the bank accounts.

Justice Asjad Javed Ghural asked the counsel whether the federal government could ask the FIA to initiate an inquiry.

Advocate Panjhuta said the impugned notice issued by the agency did not disclose whether there was any direction from the federal government.

He argued that only the federal government and the ECP could take actions against the political parties.

He said the FIA summoned the petitioner in personal capacity, which was illegal.

The judge asked the counsel whether the petitioner owned the bank accounts mentioned by the agency.

The counsel said the...

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