ISLAMABAD    -    The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has sum­moned former finance minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shaukat Tarin to appear in person today (Wednesday) in connec­tion with an investiga­tion into the leaked audio controversy.

The two controver­sial audios, attributed to Tarin, which went vi­ral on social media in the last week of August had apparently exposed PTI’s plans to scuttle the coalition government’s deal with the Interna­tional Monetary Fund (IMF) for revival of Paki­stan’s loan programme.

In the last week of August, IMF had agreed to release a tranche of $ 1.1 billion to Pakistan through revival of the Extended Fund Facili­ ty Programme after the lat­ter met all conditions of the lender. The two controver­sial leaked audio recordings having detailed conversa­tion of Tarin with the pro­vincial finance ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa (KP) had surfaced on TV channels in which, Tarin can be heard directing both the finance ministers to tell the federal govern­ment that they would not be able to commit the pro­vincial budgets surplus due to floods— a prerequisite of the IMF to approve the fund­ing. The FIA notice said that an inquiry has been initiated against Tarin on the basis of his alleged audio call to KP Finance Minister Jhagra.

The notice said that in case of non-appearance, it will be assumed that you (Tarin) have nothing to present in your defence and legal action will be initiated against you.

Meanwhile, the Cyber Crime Wing has raided Is­lamabad-based company office of PTI’s Information Technology Minister for Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) government, Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal in con­nection with a probe into al­leged misuse of funds being collected through a web­site On Sept 13, an FIA team had seized mobile phones, laptops and USBs from the house of PTI Senator Saiful­lah Khan Nyazee for foren­sic analysis in connection with the same inquiry. A so­cial media page of PTI states that website has been launched to get do­nations from the Pakistanis to support the struggle of party chairman Imran Khan against the regime change through a foreign conspiracy