PESHAWAR  -  The National Accountability Bureau Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has summoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on August 7 in the illegal use of provincial government’s helicopters.

Sources in the NAB confirmed that Khan has been asked to appear before the bureau to clarify his position as earlier he had excused to show up saying he was busy in the election campaign. 

The bureau has summoned him on August 7 to clear his position about the use of government helicopter in a personal capacity. 

The PTI chief is charged with using two official helicopters for 74 hours, inflicting a loss of Rs2.17 million to the national exchequer.

In February, the former KP government had clarified that the government-owned helicopters were never used by Khan for his personal or private activities.

In a statement, the then PTI-led KP government had said Khan along with ministers and advisers used those helicopters for the official tours.

These helicopters were used on 39 occasions in last four and half years, the provincial government had said in the statement on February 4.

The statement had shared details of 39 official trips with around 75 flying hours coating Rs2.17 million in fuel charges.

NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal had ordered an inquiry against the use of government helicopter by Khan.

NAB sources said that one helicopter cost about Rs1.2 million per hour and the other Rs0.5 million per hour. 

The above figures indicate that Khan’s flights have cost the national exchequer of over Rs100 million. However, in the figures quoted by the then K-P government showed an accumulative amount of Rs2.1 million in total.

On July 18, Khan through his council Babar Awan had requested the NAB that since his client was busy in the election campaign, he would appear before the NAB soon after the elections to record his statement.  In the wake of the election campaign, the NAB had grated time to the PTI chief.