ISLAMABAD: Liberty eluded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Parvez Elahi once again on Tuesday as the former Punjab chief minister was taken into custody by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) shortly after being released by the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police after the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) order, according to well-placed sources.
Earlier today, the IHC suspended the detention of Elahi under 3-MPO (Maintenance of Public Order) and ordered the Islamabad police to release him.
The seasoned politician was rearrested under 3-MPO by the ICT police shortly after being released by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) directives on September 1.
The sources privy to the matter said that the PTI president was rearrested by the personnel of the anti-terrorism division of the Islamabad police in a case relating to an attack on the Judicial Complex in the federal capital on March 18.
An FIR against Elahi was registered at the CTD police station on the behalf of station police officer (SHO) of Ramna police station. The case was filed under 11 charges, including terrorism, the sources added.
A spokesperson of the Islamabad police said that the former provincial chief executive was taken into custody in a CTD case number 3/23. “He [Elahi] has been arrested in the category of unknown people.”
Earlier, the PTI leader was released in compliance with the orders of the IHC, the spokesperson added.
He will be produced before an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Wednesday (tomorrow), the sources added.
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