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Former minister Ali Afzal Sahi arrested from Islamabad court

Ali Afzal Sahi is the son-in-law of current Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti. He served as the provincial minister for communications and worked during the Pervaiz Elahi government from 2022 to 2023.

Former PTI MPA and provincial minister Ali Afzal Sahi has been arrested from the anti-terrorism court in Islamabad.

Ali Afzal Sahi is the son-in-law of current Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti. He served as the provincial minister for communications and worked during the Pervaiz Elahi government from 2022 to 2023.

According to the details, Ali Afzal Sahi came to the judicial complex in Islamabad to appear in a case registered against him Golra Police Station. Still, he was arrested from outside the building as he left after the hearing.

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Afzal Sahi’s lawyer Barrister Qasim Abbasi said the court had extended his interim bail in Golra case till July 3. However, according to the police, the former provincial minister has been arrested in other cases as per the Terrorism Act. The video of his arrest is going viral on social media.

Earlier this month, the National Accountability Bureau started an inquiry against former chief minister Punjab Pervaiz Elahi, his son Moonis Elahi and former Punjab minister Ali Afzal Sahi for allegedly taking kickbacks of Rs1.25 billion in development projects for Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin.

An Inquiry has been initiated against above said former public office holders over allegations of securing hundreds of millions through front men, including ex-Principal Secretay to CM Punjab Muhammad Khan Bhatti and Rana Iqbal in 226 development projects being launched during 2021-22 and 2022-23 annual budgets.

As per reports received to NAB, a proper nexus was functional to secure kick backs and bribe money in generating and awarding of prominent development projects for both districts.

Media reports state that during the financial year 2021-22 Gujrat and Mandi Bahuddinb were allocated 45 development projects, whereas, for the year 2022-23, both districts received 181 development schemes allocated to favoured contractors. Most of the projects remained incomplete even after securing complete amounts of the contracts.

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