Secretary of Balochistan CM arrested from Karachi over corruption allegations

KARACHI (web desk) – Amid the political crisis in the largest province by area, the secretary of Balochistan chief minister (CM) has been arrested from Karachi over corruption allegations against his conduct.

Ayub Qureshi was taken into custody by the law enforcement officials today. Initial reports claimed that millions of rupees were seized from his residence in the Sindh’s provincial capital.

He is accused of taking bribes and transferring a certain portion of that money to the Balochistan CM Sanaullah Zehri. Allegations against Qureshi include providing Rs 6.8 million to Zehri on a monthly basis and involvement in other illegal activities.

The investigation agencies are interrogating Qureshi and probing his assets. Sources claimed that Qureshi also has assets in the UAE and other countries.

PM reaches Quetta

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Queta today to diffuse the political tensions. Upon his arrival at the airport, he was received by Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, federal minister for petroleum Jam Kamal and the provincial cabinet members Abdul Reheem Zairatwal, Muhammad Khan Lehri, Rehmat Saleh Baloch, Ubaidullah Babat, Dr, Hamid Achakzai, Sardar Raza Bareech, Abdul Majeed Achakzai, other ministers and senior officials.

Number of ministers who have resigned over issues with CM Zehri has hit six  and according to the dissenting group comprising opposition members, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PML-Q, the toll would increase in coming 24 hours.