Chaudhry Parvez Elahi’s arrest saga continues!
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Chaudhry Parvez Elahi was rearrested on Tuesday once again hours after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended his detention under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) and directed Islamabad Police to release him.
Shortly after his rearrest today, the Islamabad police said that Elahi was detained in a case registered at the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) police station.
پرویز الہٰی کو تھانہ سی ٹی ڈی نے مقدمہ نمبر 3/23 میں گرفتار کر لیا۔#ICTP
— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) September 5, 2023
Taking it to X-Platform, PTI shared a video clip showing Elahi’s arrest and criticized the authorities for his latest arrest.
Another abduction of Parvez Elahi, former Speaker and CM Punjab. Pakistan has descended into a complete lawless country, as not even Courts order are being respected!#عوام_کی_بس_ہوگئی_ہے pic.twitter.com/r9Qy0a2hnp
— PTI (@PTIofficial) September 5, 2023
“Absolutely shameful how court orders keep getting disrespected by the fascist regime. Parvez Elahi’s crime is standing for Pakistan, crime is not leaving PTI despite massive pressure,” the PTI stated.
Absolutely shameful how Courts orders keeps getting disrespected by the fascist regime. Parvez Elahi’s crime is standing for Pakistan, crime is not leaving PTI despite massive pressure.
We have become a complete lawless country. https://t.co/CDoIOMp1Wo
— PTI (@PTIofficial) September 5, 2023
Since June, former chief minister Punjab has been arrested for the record eleven times in various cases.
Parvez Elahi, former Speaker, and CM Punjab was initially arrested on June 1 from outside his residence in an Rs70 million graft case related to the embezzlement of development funds allocated for the Gujrat district.
The PTI president was arrested again on June 2 in a corruption case registered against him in Gujranwala by Punjab ACE, after a district court in Lahore ordered his release
A Gujranwala court had then ordered his release on June 3 in two corruption cases pertaining to the embezzlement of funds.
Nevertheless, even after being discharged, the ACE then rearrested Elahi for “illegal recruitments” in the Punjab Assembly.
On June 9, a special anti-corruption court had given the ACE a last opportunity to present the record of the illegal appointments case. Later in the day, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) came into action and initiated another inquiry against Parvez Elahi for his alleged involvement in embezzlement in development projects in Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin.
A sessions court on June 12 had set aside a judicial magistrate’s decision of Elahi’s acquittal in the embezzlement case.
On June 13, a judicial magistrate again sent Elahi to judicial lockup after the LHC suspended the said order of the sessions court.
On June 20, Elahi was given relief from an anti-corruption court in Lahore but could not be released from jail as orders for his release were not delivered to the prison administration. On the same day, the FIA booked him, his son Moonis Elahi, and three others on charges of money laundering.
Subsequently, on June 21, FIA took Elahi into custody from jail and he was sent to jail on a 14-day judicial remand in the money laundering case.
On June 26, a Lahore district court again ordered to send PTI President Elahi to jail on a 14-day judicial remand in connection with a money laundering case, shortly after the FIA arrested him from outside the Camp Jail.
On July 4, a Lahore anti-terrorism court dismissed Pervez Elahi’s post-arrest bail plea as not maintainable in a case of attacking a police team that raided his house to arrest him in an inquiry by the ACE.
On July 12, an FIA plea against the denial of Parvez Elahi’s physical remand in a case of unexplained banking transactions was dismissed by a Lahore sessions court.
On July 14, the LHC restrained the police and the ACE from arresting the former Punjab chief minister in any undisclosed case. However, Elahi was then detained at Lahore’s Camp Jail under Section 3 of the MPO.
On August 13, upon the completion of the MPO detention, the Lahore NAB team took Elahi into custody from the Adiala Jail in a graft case.
On September 1, the senior politician was arrested again by the Islamabad police hours after the LHC had ordered his release in the graft case.