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PTI outraged over police raid at Parvez Elahi’s residence

The raid comes hours after the PTI and Pakistan Democratic Movement-led government held talks on election dates.

PTI has strongly condemned the late-night raid at the residence of party president Parvez Elahi, criticizing the use of excessive force by the police authorities.

A heavy contingent of Punjab Police Friday night raided Parvez Elahi’s 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, have been arrested by the police.

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Videos of the raid are being widely shared on social media. The videos show Punjab police breaking down the doors of Parvez Elahi’s house. An armoured personnel carrier (APC) of police broke the main gate of the residence.

Pertinent to mention here that the anti-corruption department told the media that the law enforcers have raided the house to inform the PTI president that he had not received bail in the case, but due to the resistance faced from inside, police had to take action.

Nevertheless, the raid has been 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.

Imran Khan alleged that the London Plan was being used to crush his party’s morale while also questioning whether the state would dare raid the homes of the looters and money launderers such as the Sharif and Zardari families in the same manner.

The raid also comes at a time when the PTI and the PDM government are currently holding negotiations on Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elections. Hours before the raid, PTI and members of the coalition government held their second round of negotiations.

“Negotiations on one hand and arrests on the other. The raid on the house of Chaudhry Parvez Elahi proves that Ishaq Dar, Saad Rafiq, and Azam Tarar have no status in their government. Strongly condemn this raid,” Fawad Chaudhry said.

In February this year, police raided the former Punjab chief minister’s house twice, but returned without arresting him. In March, Punjab Police also raided Khan’s Zaman Park residence, which was called off after court orders.

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