The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has decided to arrest PTI Chairman Imran Khan if he fails to appear before the investigation committee or respond to the notices concerning the prohibited funding case, insiders revealed on Friday.

They said that the agency would get permission from a court of law to arrest Imran Khan for obtaining the details of the party’s funds and accounts.

The final decision to arrest the PTI chief could be taken after issuing three notices, they maintained.

An investigation was launched against the PTI into the prohibited funding after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) ruled that the party received money illegally. After the verdict, notices were issued to senior party leaders, seeking details of bank accounts and funds received from overseas.

The FIA issued a second notice to Imran on Friday after he refused to appear before the investigation team to provide details of the party funds and accounts in response to the first notice.

Insiders disclosed that five more PTI companies had been traced which were not mentioned in the reports submitted to the ECP and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

These companies operate in the USA, Australia, Canada, Britain and Belgium, and the FIA has collected their audit reports.

The FIA Banking Circle has repeatedly asked the PTI chief to provide bank accounts details. But Khan, responding through his legal counsel, said he was neither answerable to the FIA nor could it compel him to give any information, they said.

They added that the PTI chief had threatened the FIA with legal action if the notice was not withdrawn within two days.

“The FIA committee has collected enough evidence to prove [Khan] guilty of hiding the factual position from the ECP,” the sources said.

They said that the third and probably the final notice would be issued next week, well before the end of August.

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