Why did Ali Zaidi get arrested? PTI leader Charged in Karachi

PTI Leader Ali Haider Zaidi was arrested by authorities in Karachi over fraud allegations. Read further to know more. PTI Sindh president Ali Haider Zaidi was arrested from the party’s office in Karachi on Saturday after a case was registered against him at Ibrahim Hyderi police station on charges of ‘fraud’. According to the first information report (FIR), a copy of which is available, the case was registered under Sections 34, 506, 420, 471, and 468 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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Why did Ali Zaidi get arrested?

The FIR was registered on the complaint of a property dealer, Fazal Ilahi, against Zaidi and two unidentified persons. According to the FIR, the complainant told police that Zaidi ran a real estate business in 2013 and had taken a loan of Rs 180 million from him. The complaint maintained that as surety, Zaidi give him the papers of a property valued at Rs 16.7m and promised to pay the remaining Rs 12.5m in the next six months. An agreement to this effect was signed at Ilahi’s office in the Jamot Para area of Ibrahim Hyderi, the FIR claimed. Ilahi alleged in the FIR that he had asked Zaidi several times to transfer the plot in his name but he continued to employ delaying tactics. He further claimed that later, it was revealed that the file of the property given to him by Zaidi was fake.

The FIR quoted the complainant as saying that despite frequent requests, the suspect refused to give the money. Ilahi allegedly said that the suspect had ill intentions and he abused his trust and committed fraud. In his complaint, Ilahi has also sought police protection from Zaidi for himself and his children. Police have not issued any official statement on the matter yet. Earlier a video posted on PTIs official Twitter account showed a man, thought to be Zaidi, being escorted into a white automobile by men in civvies surrounded by uniformed police personnel.

In another video from inside the PTI Secretariat, officials can be seen pushing and dragging Zaidi by his arm. The party’s provincial media department claimed Zaidi was arrested from the PTI Secretariat without a warrant. The spokesperson said the police and men in civvies moved Zaidi to an undisclosed location. The police personnel also confiscated some mobile phones from the party’s office, adding that the raid was illegal. Sindh Assembly opposition leader Haleem Adil Sheikh also condemned Zaidi’s arrest, saying the police barged inside the PTI office illegally and without any warrant. Later, the PTI announced a protest outside Ibrahim Hyderi police station to condemn Zaidi’s protest. A post on the party’s official Twitter asked PTI workers and lawmakers to assemble outside Ibrahim Hyderi police station at 10:30 pm today. Thank you for being a patient reader.

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