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Parvez Elahi directed to approach ‘relevant authorities’ against detention

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  • PTI president to now approach district commissioner. 
  • The PTI president’s lawyers have withdrawn the plea.
  • Govt has passed order to detain him for 30 days.

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) Monday directed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Parvez Elahi to approach relevant authorities against his detention.

“You should file an appeal with the district commissioner; he will hear your plea and issue an order on it,” LHC’s Justice Ali Baqar Najafi said while hearing a petition against Elahi’s detention order.

Elahi’s lawyer contended that the court could overrule the order in line with precedents, but Justice Najafi told him that he could challenge the relevant authorities’ decision in the court.

The PTI president’s lawyers then withdrew the plea.

The Punjab government issued orders Sunday to detain the former provincial chief minister under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order, 1960, for 30 days.

Elahi then moved the court, seeking nullification of the order as he has been behind bars for around a month.

In the plea submitted through Elahi’s lawyer Amir Saeed in the LHC on Monday, the ex-chief minister said his detention order was against the court’s ruling to release him.

“…[I have] no other adequate remedy provided by the law except to invoke the constitutional jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, therefore, the instant petition,” the plea mentioned.

Elahi prayed that the court accept his petition and declare the government’s detention order “unlawful, void, against the law, and of na legal effect”.

He also urged the court to direct the caretaker Punjab government, the home secretary, and the Punjab inspector-general of prisons to take action against SP prisons for district jails.

It may be noted that Elahi was initially arrested on June 1 in a graft case amid a crackdown on PTI in the wake of the May 9 protests. He was rearrested multiple times after this in different cases, including the two money laundering cases.

The order

The Lahore deputy commissioner’s order — issued Sunday night — said that Elahi would be kept in Lahore Camp Jail for at least a month, where he had already been confined.

This decision has been taken after the recommendation made by the Lahore district intelligence committee, the notification mentioned.

According to the documents obtained by The News, the committee has reported that Elahi is PTI’s leading member and a flamboyant orator.

He has the ability to incite people to create a law and order situation.

The Model Town SP and district intelligence committee have reported that Elahi is capable of creating mischief and disorder, and there is a real fear that his sympathisers can harm lives and property.

They have proposed to keep Elahi under custody for 30 days.

Two FIRs — no 22/604 and 22/1822 — have been registered against him at Qila Gujjar Singh Police Station, while another FIR — 23/1150 — has been registered at Ghalib Market Police Station.

According to investigations under these FIRs, it has been proved that Elahi and his companions are involved in arson, terrorism, and putting up resistance against law enforcement agencies.

The deputy commissioner’s order said Elahi could contact the Punjab government against the decision.

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No “major breakthrough” in the opposition-led JUI-F and PTI meeting

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Maulana Fazalur Rehman stated that mending rifts in relationships and getting rid of resentment in an interview with the media in Islamabad with a team from the Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Ayeen-e-Pakistan that paid him a visit.

While no significant progress was made at the meeting, all sides decided to keep in touch in order to plan for the future.

“A positive message,” according to the JUI-F chief, was received with open arms by the delegation. Taking a “united” stance on national issues was the primary goal of the meeting, he said.

Democracy is losing its appeal, and Pakistan’s parliament and constitution are losing their respect. In parliament, Maulana Fazalur Rehman continued, “we should have a single voice.”

Remarking on the event, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub thanked the JUI-F leader for ‘warmly’ receiving the group.

We had a fruitful discussion in the meeting, he declared, urging the opposition parties to work with the PTI to “protect” the constitution.

Constitutional violations and a lack of a rule of law are the claims made by Omar Ayub. According to him, there was “no reason” why the police searched the PTI’s Islamabad central secretariat office.

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In the instance of illegal recruitment, Pervaiz Elahi is granted bail.

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The earlier-reserved court ruling was delivered by LHC Judge Sultan Tanveer Ahmad on Tuesday.

LHC had filed a post-arrest bail motion, according to the former chief minister.

On October 25, 2023, Pervaiz was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

From June 1 to September 18, Elahi has been arrested in a number of crimes; the most recent one was reported by the Punjab ACE on September 18.

More: Pervaiz Elahi’s condition “deteriorated” in Adiala jail; he was hurried to PIMS.

In the Punjab Assembly, Elahi illegally hired 12 people for grade 17 positions, according to information provided by an ACE representative.

In the provincial assembly, the candidates were chosen through record-altering.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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