MQM leader Babar Ghauri arrested at Karachi airport – Pakistan

KARACHI: Former federal minister and leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Babar Khan Ghauri was arrested by police on Monday evening minutes after landing at Karachi airport on his way back from the United States, ending to his seven-year self-exile, officials said.

It was only last month that the Sindh High Court granted him a two-week protective bond in a corruption case and a money laundering and terrorist financing case. After the CHS orders, the former minister announced his return without giving details of his future plans in the country.

A senior official, while confirming the arrest, however, did not share the reason for law enforcement’s decision, saying “the situation will be clear by tomorrow”. [Tues­day]“, while the former key man of the MQM would be brought before the court.

The former Minister of Ports and Shipping, who returned to Pakistan after almost seven years, had through his lawyer moved the CHS last month and said he was currently abroad and that he wished to return and go to trial courts.

Mr Ghauri, along with the MQM founder and other party leaders, had been arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency in 2017 in a money laundering and terrorist financing case.

The National Accountability Bureau had also filed a reference in an accountability court in 2018 against him and others for the alleged illegal regularization of 940 employees of the Karachi Port Trust, causing a loss of 2.8 billion rupees to the Treasury.

In October 2019, judicial officials and prosecutors said the court declared Babar Ghauri a declared offender after the investigator handling the case submitted a report stating there was no likelihood of Babar Ghauri’s arrest. former minister in the near future since he was probably gone. hide to avoid being arrested.

Posted in Dawn, July 5, 2022

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