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Parvez Elahi’s woes continue as police raid Gujrat residence

The raid at Parvez Elahi's Gujrat residence comes hours before the third round of talks between PTI and the government. PTI has already warned that the negotiations could derail if the arrests and raids did not stop.

The worries of PTI President Parvez Elahi are far from over as the police once again raided his residence in Gujrat. The recent raid comes almost two days after the raid at his house in Lahore.

According to the details, the former Punjab Chief Minister’s residence in Gujrat – also known as Kunjah House – was searched by the police for a brief period, with the anti-corruption department.

Police personnel ended the siege of Kunjah House after conducting a thorough search of the PTI president’s residence. The police reportedly searched all the rooms of the house and repeatedly inquired about Elahi’s whereabouts, who was not present at the time of the search.

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Moonis Elahi, who is Parvez Elahi’s son, alleged that although the police did not have the search warrant to conduct the raid, he allowed them access to the premises.

“Punjab police again at Kunjah House in Gujrat to conduct another raid. I have told them to give them access although they still don’t have a search warrant,” Moonis Elahi said.

On Friday, a heavy contingent of Punjab Police raided Parvez Elahi’s Lahore residence to arrest him. The raid was six-hour long and ended only when Sohail Zafar Chattha, the Director General of Punjab’s Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE), left the scene along with the police contingent.

At least 27 individuals, including servants working in the household of the former Punjab chief minister and PTI workers protesting at the scene, were arrested by the police. Anti-corruption and police officials used an armoured vehicle to break open the main gate of the PTI president’s Gulberg residence.

The raid was strongly criticized by PTI leaders, including Chairman Imran Khan who said that it was an illegal raid on his home, with no regard for the presence of women and family members.

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Pertinent to mention that the raid at Parvez Elahi’s house comes at a time when the PTI and the PDM coalition are currently holding negotiations on Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elections.

Hours before the Lahore raid, PTI and members of the coalition government held their second round of negotiations. Meanwhile, the raid at Parvez Elahi’s Gujrat residence comes hours before the third round of talks between PTI and the government. PTI has already warned that the negotiations could derail if the arrests and raids did not stop.