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Pervaiz Elahi arrest: LHC issues non-bailable warrants for IG Islamabad

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) issued non-bailable warrants for Islamabad Inspector General Police after he failed to show up in court to submit a response about the arrest of PTI President Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.

The court heard a petition stating that the former Punjab chief minister was still in custody even though a judicial magistrate had ordered his release. The petitioner asked the court to direct authorities to recover Elahi and release him. 

The court expressed displeasure after the police chief did not appear in court. The court issued non-bailable warrants for the IG Islamabad Akbar Nasir Khan over his failure to present Elahi in court.

The court also issued bailable warrants for Islamabad’s district commissioner and a contempt notice to Islamabad’s SSP for failing to implement earlier bailable warrants for the police chief.

The court directed the Superintendent Police to arrest the IG and produce him before the court. The court directed the Islamabad Additional IG to implement the court order.

A day earlier, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi was re-arrested once again immediately after being discharged in a corruption case pertaining to the Lahore Master Plan 2050.

A local court heard the case against the former Punjab chief minister in the case. The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) produced him in court and sought his physical remand in the case.

Elahi’s lawyer Rana Intizar Hussain strongly opposed the request. His lawyer Sardar Abdul Razzaq told the court this was the twelfth time the PTI leader was detained since June 1.

The court eventually rejected the plea for remand and discharged him from the case. After being released, Elahi was immediately arrested in a terrorism case and taken to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

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The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) taken him into custody in the case from Adiala Jail where he was detained in a riots case.

After his arrest, Elahi was presented in an Islamabad court, which granted the ACE one-day tra­nsit remand of PTI pre­sident for him to be produced in the relevant anti-corruption court in Lahore.

ACE Punjab on Saturday took Pervaiz Elahi into custody a day after ATC had granted him bail in the Federal Judicial Complex (FJC) attack case.

Elahi was arrested by ACE team soon after his release from Adiala jail. He was produced before the judicial magistrate Shahrukh Arjumand who approved one one-day transit remand to appear in court.

On Friday, the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) granted bail to Pervaiz Elahi in a judicial complex attack case. The PTI leader was arrested hours after his release from NAB custody on September 1, after the LHC had restricted the authorities from arresting him earlier that same day.

It is pertinent to mention here that Elahi has been arrested and detained repeatedly since the May 9 riots. He has vowed to not quit the party and expressed support for the PTI chief.

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