Repeat Raid on Chaudhry Parvez Elahi’s Residence:
In a repeat raid, a team from the anti-corruption establishment (ACE) and the police conducted a search at the residence of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) President, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, in Lahore. This action was taken after his interim bail was cancelled. Unlike the previous raid, during which an armoured personnel vehicle was used to break open the main gate of Elahi’s Gulberg residence, this time the ACE team faced no obstacles during the search. However, they were unable to locate Elahi at the premises.
Search for Elahi in Misuse of Power and Embezzlement Case:
The ACE has stated that Mr. Elahi is wanted in a case involving the misuse of powers and embezzlement of development funds. The raiding team also caused inconvenience to commuters by closing the Zahoor Elahi Road for several hours.
During the search, the ACE team sought permission from the authorities to search the residence adjacent to Elahi’s, which belongs to Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q). Earlier this month, when the ACE raided Elahi’s house, they also entered Shujaat’s house, leading to criticism from the government’s ally for trespassing. The ACE team only planned to leave after confirming that Elahi was not present in the vicinity.
It is speculated that Mr. Elahi is facing pressure to resign from the PTI following the incidents that occurred on May 9. In a video message, Elahi expressed his support for PTI and its chairman Imran Khan. However, he emphasized the importance of respecting the army, as well as the offices of the Chief Justice of Pakistan and the Prime Minister.
Imran Khan, the PTI chief and former premier, strongly condemned the repeated police raid on Elahi’s residence. He criticized the ongoing actions against PTI and its supporters, referring to them as “tyranny” and “yazeediyat.” Khan stated that such tactics aimed at weakening the party would only increase sympathy for PTI, as evidenced by the declining vote banks of the opposition parties.