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Moments after release, PTI’s Chaudhry Parvez Elahi re-arrested outside Lahore court

  • Arrest comes after the court ordered release of former Punjab CM in embezzlement case
Published June 2, 2023

Former Punjab chief minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Chaudhry Parvez Elahi was re-arrested on Friday moments after securing release in an embezzlement case

Earlier, Ghulam Murtaza Virk, Judicial Magistrate at an anti-corruption court in Lahore, ordered his release as he announced the reserved verdict on a plea seeking Elahi’s physical remand.

“Parvez Elahi should be released if he is not wanted in any other case,” the verdict said.

However, the PTI leader was re-arrested by law enforcement authorities upon release in a corruption case registered against him in Gujranwala.

On Friday morning, law enforcement authorities presented Elahi in a Lahore district court in two cases registered in the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

The anti-graft watchdog had sought a 14-day physical remand of the former chief minister. Judicial Magistrate Ghulam Murtaza had reserved the verdict.

Talking informally to reporters, Parvez said that he will remain in PTI. He asked his party to “stand firm” and expressed hope that “this difficult time will eventually pass”.

Parvez was first arrested on Thursday in Lahore after police raided his Lahore residence twice after an anti-corruption court dismissed his pre-arrest bail in a case pertaining to irregularities in development projects launched during his term as the Punjab chief minister.

His first arrest had come days after a district and sessions court in Lahore had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant, a move condemned by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

PTI leaders being re-arrested

Since the violence that took place on May 9 following the arrest of PTI chief Imran Khan, PTI leaders are being arrested and re-arrested.

On May 30, the law enforcement authorities re-arrested PTI leaders Ali Muhammad Khan and Shehryar Afridi upon their release.

A tweet on PTI’s official handle stated “Ali Muhammad Khan has been re-arrested after being released from Adiala Jail. Ali Muhammad Khan was arrested for the third time”.

Former PTI leader Maleeka Bokhari, Yasmin Rashid and Shireen Mazari were also re-arrested multiple times upon release from jails.

PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi was also re-arrested.


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Love Your Country Jun 02, 2023 01:52pm
Money released for "development" to MPAs by PE a few days before dissolving Punjab assembly should be returned back to the Treasury.
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Love Your Country Jun 02, 2023 01:55pm
PE made a political blunder to become CM of Punjab and join hands with IK.
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Shahid Khan Jun 02, 2023 05:01pm
Only Allah could solve Pakistan's issues.
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KU Jun 02, 2023 05:21pm
Always a first in Pakistan, never ever has anyone seen the implementation of the law with such speed and vigor. Wish it was true for criminals and murderers who get bail and go scot-free. Alternatively, a press conference is known to redeem all cases in a blink of an eye, and supposedly the people are not aware of what's going on in our democracy.
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Tulukan Mairandi Jun 02, 2023 07:38pm
Deliver jaw crushing punishment to him so he renounces imran niazi
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Love Your Country Jun 02, 2023 08:04pm
@Shahid Khan, Allah SWT will solve our problems ONLY if we follow the straight path.
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Usman Jun 03, 2023 01:18am
Keep them busy so they won't be able to do corruption.He is just waiting for a call from train to jump the ship.
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