Parvez Elahi re-arrested after release

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Parvez Elahi was arrested again on Friday minutes after a Lahore court ordered to release him in an embezzlement case.

The PTI leader has been re-arrested in a corruption case registered against him in Gujranwala by Anti-Corruption Es-tablishment (ACE) Punjab.

The former Punjab chief minister was arrested a day earlier in connection with a case involving Rs70 million in corrup-tion in development funds allocated for the Gujrat district. Judicial Magistrate Ghulam Murtaza Virk issued the release orders while announcing the verdict he had reserved on ACE’s plea seeking Elahi’s 14-day physical remand.

“Parvez Elahi should be released if he is not required in any other criminal case,” the verdict stated. According to anti-corruption officials, Elahi is being moved to Gujranwala.

The officials further said that a team of elite forces has been deployed for the former CM’s transfer. They added that two cases of corruption worth billions of rupees have been registered against Elahi in Gujranwala and Gujarat.

“Elahi’s bail was cancelled in the Gujranwala case on June 1,” claimed the officials.

The ACE officials said that the PTI leader will be presented before an anti-corruption court today (Saturday). —Agencies