Pakistan ex-foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrested

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Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan and Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi was arrested on Saturday. Qureshi was arrested in Islamabad.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) took Qureshi into custody from his Islamabad residence in connection with the ongoing investigation into cypher which PTI alleges contained the threat from the United States to oust Imran Khan from power, Geo News reported citing its sources.

The cypher issue is linked to the claim made by Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan last year after his ouster from power. Khan had claimed that he was shown the door under a “US conspiracy” and cited a diplomatic cable to bash his opponents.

“PTI vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi has been illegally arrested once again,” the social media post on the party’s account read.

The party said he was taken into custody by a large police contingent.

Imran Khan’s party general secretary Omar Ayub Khan also shared the news of Qureshi’s arrest on X (formerly Twitter). Ayub said Qureshi was taken into custody after he reached home following a press conference.

“Vice Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureishi sahib arrested from his house in Islamabad 25 minutes ago. He had just reached home after doing a Press Conference,” Omar said.

“Condemn this in the strongest words possible. Had hoped that the reign of lawlessness would have ended after the exit of the Fascist PDM Government, but it appears that this Caretaker Government wants to break the records of their predecessor Fascist Govt.,” he added.

Qureshi’s arrest comes days after Imran Khan was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison in the Toshakhana case.

Imran Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, was arrested from his residence in Lahore by Islamabad police in coordination with the Punjab police after the court verdict. He has been sent to Islamabad from Lahore.

(The story has been first published in India Today and later edited by Kashmir Central).

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