The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has detected transfer of millions of rupees from India and other countries into secret bank accounts of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) activist Gulalai Ismael and her parents.
A case has now been registered against Gulalai and her family.
According to a report by a prominent English daily, Gulalai Ismael, her father Muhammad Ismael, and mother Azalfat Ismael have been booked under charges of money-laundering, Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 (ATA-1997), financial assistance to terror outfits and anti-state elements.
Earlier, the Islamabad police had registered an FIR against her under sections 500 (punishment for defamation), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups, etc) and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code, as well as sections 6/7 of the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997.
The FIA, in 2018, received a report about suspicious activities of a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Aware Girls, and the Seeds of Peace network, and detected transfer of huge funds into the accounts of its chairperson, Gulalai Ismael. Further probe revealed that the PTM activist had been working against security of the country in the garb of welfare works.
Recently, Gulalai Ismail reached the United States and sought political asylum there.
According to report, She has been accused of treason, though human rights defenders said that the allegations were bogus and that she was being targeted for highlighting abuses allegedly committed by Pakistani military.
Ms Ismail was still a teenager when she co-founded Aware Girls in 2002, which promotes gender equality in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In May, police filed a complaint against her under an anti-terrorism law.
Ms Ismail declined to discuss how she escaped Pakistan, saying she did not want to put others at risk.
Ms Ismail is living for now with her sister in New York. She said her initial fears of being sent back to Pakistan were eased after she held meetings in Washington at the State Department and with staff of lawmakers including Chuck Schumer, who represents New York and is the top Democrat in the Senate.
In 2017, she won the prestigious Anna Politkovskaya Award for human rights advocacy. The year before, she was honoured for conflict prevention by France’s Chirac Foundation and has been welcomed by former first lady Michelle Obama.