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PTI minister Ziaullah Afridi granted 13-days physical remand

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PESHAWAR: The Ehtesab Commission court ordered a 13-day physical remand for Ziaullah Afridi on Friday.

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A day after Afridi’ detention, the court has granted a physical remand of the minister for Mines and Minerals. He was arrested over the charges of misusing the authority of his office, of posting and transferring officials without following protocols and of causing the exchequer losses worth billions of rupees.

Ziaullah Afridi, who belongs to the ruling party Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the province, was detained on Thursday by the commission. In a hand-out issued by Ehtesab the same day, Afridi was charged by the commission of misappropriation of funds causing losses of billions of rupees to the provincial exchequer.

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On Friday, the prosecutor told the court about Afridi’s not cooperating with the provincial accountability authority. Aridi, however, had a lot to say concerning his detention.

‘It’s not the Ehtesab Commission but the Pervez Commission. I have been falsely accused but even holy personalities were falsely persecuted so I will defend myself,’ said the minister

‘I was also punished for opposing Pervez Khattak for bribing Qaumi Watan Party back into the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government,’ he added.

He maintained that he was punished for filling cases against ‘Khattaks people in different mining-related cases and for denying his people of licenses.

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