ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) took PTI Senator Saifullah Nyazee into protective custody, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed in a press conference Friday, shortly after PTI leaders claimed he had been "picked up" from the Senate premises.
It had earlier been reported that the PTI senator was arrested, but an FIA spokesperson denied reports of an arrest, saying news of the senator's arrest from the Senate premises was baseless. He had said Nyazee has not been arrested by any wing of the FIA so far.
"[Senator Saifullah Nyazee] was not appearing for investigation in the foreign funding case. He has been taken into protective custody, so he can be questioned," said Sanaullah in Islamabad, clarifying the confusion following FIA's tweet.
Meanwhile, the FIA also took PTI’s founder member Hamid Zaman into custody from his office in Lahore in a foreign funding case.
The FIA sources said that $0.625 million were deposited in a bank account of Insaf Trust in 2013 and the trust does not comply with the rules and regulations.
Hamid Zaman was then the secretary of the Insaf Trust, the sources added.
Taking to Twitter, Asad Umar had claimed that Saifullah was picked up from the Senate premises. Berating the coalition government over the development, the PTI leader termed its tenure “the era of worst fascism”.
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