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PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi Re-arrested after release from Adiala Jail

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, who had been granted bail in the Cipher case by the Supreme Court last week, was subsequently re-arrested on December 27th outside the Adiala jail.

Television footage and social media posts shared by the PTI depicted a 67-year-old former Foreign Minister engaged in a vociferous protest against what he deemed the “illegality” of police actions. The footage showed him being forcibly placed into an armoured police vehicle by an official in a Punjab Police uniform, as reported by Dawn News.

In a social media post, the party confirmed that Mr Qureshi was rearrested outside the Adiala jail shortly after being granted bail in the Cipher case. The party also stated that the order issued on December 26 by Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner Hasan Waqar Cheema for Mr Qureshi’s 15-day detention had been rescinded.

Police have not provided an official statement regarding the incident. As he was being forcefully taken away by law enforcement officers, the PTI leader repeatedly asserted that his arrest was unlawful.

“They are arresting me again in a false case,” he said. “I represent the nation, I am innocent and I am being targeted for political revenge without any reason,” he said.

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan granted bail to former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his close aide, Mr Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in the Cipher case. Both were required to submit surety bonds worth Rs 1 million each as a condition for their release.

Mr Qureshi’s daughter expressed her anticipation that her father would be released, as his arrest appeared unnecessary in any other case. However, on Tuesday, when Mr Qureshi’s family arrived at Adiala jail to pay the surety bond and secure his release, they were met with a surprising turn of events.

Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner Hassan Waqar Cheema ordered the 15-day detention of the former foreign minister under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

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