Former senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar on Monday condemned the detention of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) president Parvez Elahi, saying his release on bail and arrest on more than 12 occasions is nothing but a “mockery of orders judicial”.
“The bail and arrest of Chaudhry Parvez Elahi for more than 12 times is a mockery of court orders and is condemnable,” Kohkhar posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
The former parliamentarian said it is a “fact” that if Elahi holds a “press conference” today separating himself from the PTI, “his problems and those of everyone else” will be put to an end.
“Herding politicians like sheep has never produced good results in the past and will not produce good results in the future,” Khokhar warned.
The former senator’s comments came minutes after Elahi, who had also served as Punjab chief minister, became embroiled in yet another case, when a court approved his temporary remand in Lahore after the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment ( ACE) will submit an application.
After an anti-terrorism court (ATC) ordered to send him to remand in the case relating to the attack on the Federal Judicial Complex (FJC), the Punjab ACE has stepped in to seek remand of the senior politician in a fresh case filed in Lahore by abuse their power and position to change the provincial bureaucracy.
According to a first information report (FIR), Elahi has been booked under section 5/2 (d) 47 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for unlawfully abusing his position and power as the then Chief Minister of Punjab and transferring Muhammad Khan Bhatti, employed in a special department of the Punjab Assembly, as chief secretary.
ATC judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain approved Punjab ACE’s request to issue one-day interim remand to Elahi after reserving his verdict following arguments raised by the anti-graft department.