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Pakistan: Hours after securing bail, former Speaker Asad Qaiser rearrested in fresh case

Islamabad [Pakistan], December 2 (ANI): Pakistan’s former National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser, who had recently been granted bail by a session court, was re-arrested again on Saturday in a fresh case filed in Mardan district, ARY News reported.

Asad Qaiser was granted bail by Mardan District and Sessions Courts Judge Mohammad Zaib on surety bonds of (PKR) 100,000.

Following his release from central jail, however, authorities re-arrested Mr Qaiser, alleging his suspected involvement in the store attack.

Qaiser, who is accused of corruption in the procurement of equipment for the Gajju Khan Medical College, was arrested on November 3 in Bani Gala, Islamabad, according to ARY News.

Qaiser was arrested by the ACE for alleged corruption in the purchase of medical equipment for Swabi’s Gajju Khan Medical College.

A district and sessions court in Mardan on Friday rejected the police’s request for the physical remand of Pakistan’s former National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Pakistan-based Dawn reported.

The court sent the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Qaiser to jail on a four-day judicial remand in a case related to protests held on May 9 after PTI chairman Imran Khan’s arrest.

On Friday, Qaiser was presented before a district and session court in Mardan. During the hearing, Charsadda police submitted a request seeking Qaiser’s five-day physical remand. However, the court rejected the request and sent Asad Qaiser to jail. The judge also asked police to produce Qaiser on November 29 along with the case record.

On Thursday, Asad Qaiser was granted bail by an anti-corruption court in the case. However, the PTI leader was rearrested from his residence hours later in a case related to the ransacking of the Charsadda Toll Plaza on the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway on May 9.

After Asad Qaiser’s release from prison in Swabi, a joint team of Swabi and Charsadda police arrested him. Speaking to Dawn, Qaiser’s brother, Waheed Khan said that three cases related to May 9 violence were lodged against his brother. He said that one case was lodged in Swabi, another in Islamabad and the third in Charsadda.

After his arrest on Thursday, Qaiser posted a video message calling on PTI supporters to continue their lawful struggle and aim for a two-thirds majority in the upcoming polls, Dawn reported.

In the video posted on X, Qaiser said, “I tell my Pakistani brothers that you should not be afraid. We believe in the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution.”

Asad Qaiser said, “It’s election time, and they (the establishment) are trying to take us to the other side, but we will continue our struggle within the limits of law,” Dawn reported.

“We have only one demand: Pakistan should be governed according to the Constitution and the law. There should be a level playing field for all political parties,” he added. (ANI)

This report is auto-generated from ANI news service. ThePrint holds no responsibility for its content.

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