Former Punjab chief minister Parvez Elahi has claimed that his residence in Gujrat was raided by police in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“Police raided our house in Gujrat, the Zahoor Elahi Palace, at 4:30am today. Women were at the residence too […] they harassed them and kept screaming,” he said in a program of a private TV channel.
In response to a question on those responsible for the raid, Elahi asserted that it “is the doing of the Punjab caretaker setup and the federal government.”
Separately, in a tweet, former federal minister Moonis Elahi said that the police raided their residence without any warrant.
“Twenty-five police vehicles are understandable, but what were two black Vigos doing with them? Were you looking for Indian spies,” he asked.
کل رات پولیس نے ہمارے گجرات کے گھر پر ریڈ کی۔ نہ کوئی وارنٹ نہ کوئی کیس۔ پولیس کی 25 گاڑیوں کی تو سمجھ آتی ہے پر یہ ساتھ 2 کالے ویگو کیا کر رہے تھے؟ انڈین جاسوس ڈھونڈ رہے تھے ؟ pic.twitter.com/ykP5pOKBBD— Moonis Elahi (@MoonisElahi6) February 1, 2023
Last week, Punjab’s anti-corruption watchdog registered a case against Elahi’s former principal secretary Mohammad Khan Bhatti for allegedly taking bribes.
In the first information report (FIR) registered by the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE), Bhatti is accused of taking more than Rs460 million bribe from officials of the provincial highway department. SDO Highway Police Rana Muhammad Iqbal has already been arrested on charges of bribery while the ACE has also started the process to arrest Bhatti on corruption charges.
The FIR says that Iqbal bribed Bhatti to get posts of his choice.
The development came a day after the former Punjab chief minister's driver and gunman were arrested for allegedly carrying liquor bottles in Islamabad.
Police claimed that the accused gave an envelope full of money to Punjab House employee Faheem Mirza in exchange for a briefcase containing liquor bottles on "Elahi’s instructions".
Police further said that the accused have also revealed before the magistrate that Faheem and Irshad, the alleged employees of Punjab House Islamabad, are frontmen of the former chief minister.
Both the alleged frontmen are involved in monetary transactions for Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, they claimed. A case has been registered against them at Islamabad’s Secretariat Police Station under various provisions.