Babar Ghori gets arrested from Karachi airport
Former Federal Minister for Shipping and Port and MQM-P leader, Babar Ghori has been arrested from Karachi airport.
Babar Ghori returned Pakistan on Monday night after a 7.5-year self-imposed exile from the United States.
The Sindh High Court granted him two weeks’ bail in corruption reference and money laundering, terrorism financing cases.
Following the Sindh High Court’s order, the former minister had announced his return to Pakistan but did not elaborate on his future strategies in the country.
A senior official confirmed the detention but did not give a reason behind the law enforcement agency’s move, saying the situation would become clear today (Tuesday) when they are produced in court.
The former Minister for Ports and Shipping, who returned home after nearly seven years, had filed a petition in the Sindh High Court last month through his lawyer that he was currently abroad and wanted to appear before the trial court.
It may be recalled that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had registered a case against Babar Ghori and other party leaders in 2017, including the founder of the MQM Altaf Hussain, for money laundering and financing of terrorism.
In 2018, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) also filed a reference in the Accountability Court against him and others, alleging illegal regularization of 940 employees of the Karachi Port Trust, as a result, the national exchequer suffered a loss of Rs2.80 billion.
In October 2019, judicial and prosecution officials said that the investigating officer had submitted a report to the court stating that there was no possibility of arresting the former minister in the near future because he may have gone into hiding to avoid arrest.
Following this report, the court had declared Babar Ghori a fugitive in the case.