PTI's Parvez Elahi, Moonis booked in new NAB graft reference

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PTI President Chaudhry Parvez Elahi leaves a court in Lahore on October 27, 2023. — PPI PTI President Chaudhry Parvez Elahi leaves a court in Lahore on October 27, 2023. — PPI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Parvez Elahi remains entangled in legal battles as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a corruption reference of over Rs1 billion against him, his son Moonis Elahi and others on Saturday.

The anti-graft body filed the reference against the father-son duo for allegedly plundering the national treasury and receiving kickbacks.

Former Punjab chief minister Elahi and Moonis have been named as the main accused in the NAB reference which mentions that both the PTI leaders had illegally approved 116 development schemes, according to Geo News.

The NAB, in its reference, also accused Elahi and his son of receiving bribes by awarding contracts to their "favourite contractors". It also mentioned that Elahi embezzled more than Rs744.5 million in bribes and kickbacks.

The reference also stated that the accountant kept depositing the kickbacks in the accounts of Moonis and his family.

Elahi's son deposited €1.61 million in his foreign bank account, while his family members deposited more than Rs304 million in their accounts.

The reference stated that the accused were found guilty in the investigation, therefore, the accountability court should conduct a trial and punish them accordingly.

The senior PTI leader was initially arrested on June 1 from outside his residence in a Rs70 million graft case related to the embezzlement of development funds allocated for the Gujrat district. Since then, the former Punjab chief minister has been released several times only to be arrested immediately in different cases. 

Meanwhile, the caretaker federal government has initiated a process to bring back Moonis, who has reportedly been living in Spain since December 2022 to avoid “political victimisation” in the country.

To bring him back, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had approached the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) for the issuance of a red notice to detain the PTI leader in a money laundering case.

In September this year, a local court in Lahore issued a bailable arrest warrant for Moois — a close aide of incarcerated PTI Chairman Imran Khan — in a case relating to money laundering.