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Ex-PTI minister Ziaullah Afridi released on bail

October 05, 2016

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The former KP provincial minister was arrested around 15 months ago on charges of corruption. —DawnNews screengrab
The former KP provincial minister was arrested around 15 months ago on charges of corruption. —DawnNews screengrab
The former KP provincial minister was arrested around 15 months ago on charges of corruption. —DawnNews screengrab
The former KP provincial minister was arrested around 15 months ago on charges of corruption. —DawnNews screengrab

PESHAWAR: Former Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) provincial minister Ziaullah Afridi was released on bail Wednesday.

Afridi was arrested by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission (KPEC) around 15 months ago on multiple charges of corrupt practices in the mines and mineral department and was granted bail on Tuesday.

Afridi was elected MPA on the ticket of the PTI from Peshawar and was arrested by the KPEC on July 9, 2015, initially on charge of facilitating illegal mining in the province during the stint first as the special assistant to the chief minister on mines and mineral development and then minister of the same department.

Later, the KPEC registered three more cases related to the same department against him.

A KPEC prosecutor present in the court opposed the release of the petitioner on bail saying enough evidence of his corrupt practices was available on record.