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Anti-Corruption Dept gets two-day remand of Asad Qaiser

By Muhammad Farooq
November 15, 2023
PTI leader and former speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser speaks with the media on March 15, 2023. — Facebook/Asad Qaiser
PTI leader and former speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser speaks with the media on March 15, 2023. — Facebook/Asad Qaiser

SWABI: A local court handed over here on Tuesday a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser to Anti-Corruption Department (ACD) on a two-day physical remand.

Asad who belongs to Marghuz village of the district was shifted by law-enforcing agencies from Adiala Jail, in Rawalpindi to Swabi on Monday night.

He was arrested on Nov 3 from his residence at Banigala, Islamabad and had remained for 11 days in Islamabad police custody. The first information report (FIR) was registered against him by ACD officials here in the district.

Officials said that the FIR contains Section 406 Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) which says that whoever commits criminal breach of trust shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

The legal fraternity here in the district had questioned the delay in the shifting of Asad Qaiser from Adiala Jail to the district and despite the struggle of the Insaf Lawyers Forum none of them had reached any conclusion.

The ACD produced the PTI in the court of Judicial Magistrate, Muhammad Khalil Khan in Swabi Judicial Complex. Tight security arrangements were made by district police.

The ACD officer requested the court for a 10-day physical remand; however, the court handed him over to ACD on a two-day physical remand.

Asad Qaiser is accused of corruption in the purchase of medical equipment for the Gajju Khan Medical College, Swabi.