LHC directs NAB to release PTI leader Parvez Elahi

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to release PTI President Parvez Elahi.

Elahi’s appeal to have his arrest in an alleged corruption case by the NAB dismissed was being heard by Justice Amjad Rafiq. The judge disallowed authorities from detaining the former chief minister of Punjab in any subsequent case after announcing the verdict.

Elahi is one of a number of PTI leaders and supporters who have been detained as part of the state’s crackdown on the party’s leadership in the wake of the riots that broke out on May 9 in opposition to Imran Khan’s arrest by paramilitary forces from the Islamabad High Court grounds.

He was first detained on June 1 but was continually deprived of his freedom and involved in a number of graft charges.

In connection with an investigation into allegations that the PTI president accepted bribes or kickbacks to influence who got the “contracts of road schemes of Gujrat Highways Division awarded to favorite/hand-picked contractors,” the NAB detained the PTI president on August 14.

After being freed today, Elahi spoke with the media and blamed the PML-N for the situation of the economy. After wrecking the economy, “all of them have fled to London,” he claimed.

The PTI president continued, “They have kept me inside, I don’t even know what is happening in the country.”