Khan's opposition party president detained by anti-corruption unit
Parvez Elahi was detained on Thursday by Lahore police officials from the anti-corruption unit.
According to Pakistani media, officials from the Lahore police anti-corruption unit apprehended Parvez Elahi, the president of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Thursday.
Elahi was caught while leaving his home, according to the politician's spokesperson, Iqbal Chaudhry, as quoted by Geo News.
Elahi's interim release was canceled by a Pakistani anti-corruption court last week after he failed to appear in court. According to the story, a court also deemed Elahi's medical certificate, which said he was suffering from chest symptoms, to be fraudulent.
Geo news reports that Elahi is accused of embezzling funds intended for the development of the Gujrat district in the Pakistani state of Punjab, where he served as chief minister from July 2022 to January 2023.
The arrest of the PTI president comes amid hundreds of followers of Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party being arrested, according to rights monitors, since days of street rioting erupted following his brief incarceration in early May.
Khan had his bail, in the Al Qadir Trust fraud case, extended till June 19, according to his counsel's announcement on Wednesday.
Khan has denied any misconduct and earlier, on May 9, his arrest provoked wide and violent protests from his supporters across the country, which compelled authorities to free him on bail as of May 12.