File Photo: Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Qasim Suri speaking to reporters in Quetta

Syed Ali Shah:

QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Wednesday dismissed a constitutional petition submitted by former deputy speaker of the national assembly, Qasim Suri in a foreign funding case. Mr. Suri had pleaded before the court that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has convened him in the foreign funding case.

He had demanded of the court to stop FIA from convening him in the case. A division bench of the BHC comprising Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan, and Mr. Justice Sardar Ahmed Haleemi dismissed the constitutional petition filed by the former deputy speaker national assembly.

FIA convened Mr. Suri, former Governor Balochistan Syed Zahoor Agha

The FIA had convened Mr. Suri, former Governor Balochistan, Syed Zahoor Agha, and two other leaders of the former ruling Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) in the foreign funding case. The PTI had challenged the FIA’s decision of convening in the Balochistan High Court.

The inquiry having lawfully been initiated by the FIA Banking Circle Quetta on the instruction of the Federal Government i.e. Ministry of Interior Government of Pakistan on the basis of the order of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on August 8, 2022, cannot be throttled by this court at this inquiry stage in its constitutional jurisdiction, the BHC order mentioned.

FIA forms teams to probe foreign funding of PTI

On August 5, FIA announced the initiation of investigation in the prohibited funding case and said that 5 different inquiry teams have been formed by FIA against Tehreek-e-Insaaf. Various inquiry teams have been formed and these inquiry committees will work in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad, and Quetta.

This notice has come after the election commission of Pakistan issued the much-awaited decision about the foreign funding case of the former ruling party i.e. Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI). S Akbar Babar, one of the founding members of the PTI had challenged the foreign funding case. The verdict was announced after seven years by the ECP.

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