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Fawad Chaudhry and Asad Qaiser arrested

Former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday was "arrested" from his residence in Islamabad while Asad Qaiser was arrested on Friday evening.

Former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday was “arrested” from his residence in Islamabad and “taken to an unknown place”.

The development was confirmed by his wife Hiba Fawad Chaudhary, who said her husband was arrested by police and men in plainclothes men.

“We have not been told why Fawad is being arrested,” Hiba said.

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Chaudhry’s wife also took to X, formerly Twitter, about her husband’s arrest.

“Fawad Arrested and taken to an unknown place,” she wrote in her post.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former speaker of the national assembly, Asad Qaiser, was also arrested from Islamabad on Friday.

As per the details garnered, the PTI leader was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from his residence. He is accused of corruption in the purchase of medical equipment for Gaju Khan Medical College, Swabi.

Asad Qaiser was shifted to an unknown location after his arrest.

It should be noted that the former speaker of the National Assembly resigned from his post to save the seat of former prime minister Imran Khan after the no confidence motion was filed by the opposition.

An illegal recruitment case in the education department has been filed against Asad Qaiser, with additional individuals implicated, including former provincial minister Shahram Tarkai, former chief minister’s advisor Abdul Karim Khan, and a deputy EDO.

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The case was registered at the Swabi police station based on a complaint from the Swabi anti-corruption officer.

Anti-Corruption Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alleges that political interference during the PTI era resulted in recruitments being made without merit, and irregularities were discovered upon inspecting the Education Department’s records.

During the same period, an Anti-Corruption spokesperson revealed that illegal recruitments had cost the national treasury approximately 17.8 million rupees.