PTI chairman and Prime Minister nominee Imran Khan will appear in NAB Peshawar office due to an ongoing investigation against the alleged helicopter misuse case.
PTI chief Imran Khan is accused of using the helicopters — Ecureuil and MI-17 for at least 74 hours for private visits. These helicopters are properties of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
The statements of former Chief Minister KPK Pervez Khattak, civil aviation authorities along with four senior bureaucrats including three administrative secretaries have already been recorded in the helicopter misuse case.
An inquiry had been ordered against former CM KPK Pervez Khattak previously to determine if he had the power to hand over ‘sensitive’ assets such as choppers for non-governmental usage.
The PTI chief had been summoned by the NAB on July 18, 2018. However, due to Imran Khan’s busy schedule of General Elections 2018 campaigns, he had requested more time to appear before NAB.
Imran Khan had submitted an application to the NAB through his lawyer Mr. Babar Awan seeking another date to appear in the helicopter misuse case.
A press release issued by the NAB says that Imran Khan paid Rs2.1 million for using the helicopters. However; if he had used a private company’s choppers, it would have cost him an hourly charge of between Rs1million and Rs1.2 million for the Mi-17 and between Rs 0.5 million and Rs 0.6 million for the Ecureuil.
However, Imran Khan stated that the official helicopters were not used for personal matters.
The choppers were used by Imran Khan from Bani Gala to Kohat, Peshawar, Mardan, Batagram, Dir, Kumrat valley and other areas.