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Punjab police could not arrest Parvez Elahi in late-night raid, 27 others taken into custody

LAHORE: Punjab police failed to arrest former chief minister Chaudhary Parvez Elahi in a late-night raid. A heavy contingent of Punjab Police raided the residence of Parvez Elahi’s, but PTI President and ex-CM Elahi was not there.

Police, however, arrested 27 PTI leaders and workers from the residence of Parvez Elahi.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan has strongly condemned the raid at the residence of party president Parvez Elahi.

Sohail Zafar Chattha, the Director General of Punjab’s Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE), led the raiding party. He, nonetheless, left the residence of Elahi along with the police contingent. 

Chattha told the media they did not act illegally and that a petrol bomb was thrown at the police party who came to arrest Elahi.

Earlier, the police and anti-corruption halted their operation, claiming that Elahi was not present at his residence, though his mobile phone’s location showed he was there.

The raiding officials took into custody 27 people from the residence of Elahi _ servants working in the household of the former Punjab chief minister and PTI workers. 

The raid took place hours after the PTI and PDM resumed talks on election dates. Importantly, PTI has demanded an end to the arrest of their workers before holding talks with the PDM leaders on elections.

Earlier, in February this year, police raided the residence of the former Punjab chief minister two times, but they could not arrest him.

PTI leaders and supporters have condemned the police action and termed it a deliberate act of the caretaker government to embarrass the PTI leaders.

Javed Mahmood
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