Money laundering case filed against opposition leader Moonis Elahi

Former federal minister Moonis Elahi. News / Files

Lahore: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has registered a money laundering case against PML-Q leader and former federal minister Moonis Elahi.

The development comes after reports surfaced last week that the government was contemplating registering a case against Moonis Elahi, an aide of PTI chairman Imran Khan.

The case pertains to alleged money laundering, and has been filed by FIA Lahore.

According to the FIR, action was initiated against Moonis under the Money Laundering Act two years ago during Imran Khan’s tenure as prime minister.

The FIR further stated that the report of the Chinese commission stated that Moonis was allegedly involved in money laundering.

It is worth noting that last year former Prime Minister Imran Khan had tasked the FIA ​​to investigate the Chinese crisis across the country and find out who benefited from it.

Following this, a report by the agency released last year claimed that top PTI members and Moonis were also among those allegedly benefiting from the Chinese crisis in the country.

Besides Munis Elahi, the FIR also named Nawaz Bhatti, the nephew of Punjab Assembly Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti, and Mazhar Iqbal, a peon of RYK Sugar Mills.

Sources said that both Bhatti and Iqbal have been arrested by the FIA.

The development follows reports earlier this week that the FIA ​​had decided to go against Moonis.

Meanwhile, the PML-Q leader has denied receiving any notice from the FIA ​​and accused the government of witch-hunting.

“If I had received the notice, I would have come to the FIA ​​office. I came to know about the FIR from the media. He has skipped a legal step.”

The politician said that he is coming to Lahore to appear before the FIA ​​and if they want, they can arrest him.

“We will not spare Imran Khan, no matter what happens.”

Elahi said he never heard of the two other persons named in the FIR, however, admitted to investing in RYK sugar mills. “This is my declared investment.”