Production order issues for Ziaullah Afridi: PA speaker

Production order issues for Ziaullah Afridi: PA speaker
Production order issues for Ziaullah Afridi: PA speaker PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar has issued production order for detained minister Ziaullah Afridi to attend the assembly session on Thursday.

The production order was issued on Wednesday wherein the secretary home and tribal affairs department and inspector general of police had been directed to hand over the detained minister to sergeant-at-arms on Thursday and Friday to attend the sittings.

The provincial Ehtesab Commission had arrested minister for minerals Ziaullah Afridi on July 9 on the charges of misusing his authority and allowing illegal mining in different areas. He has been shifted to Central Jail Peshawar after judicial remand. Presently, he is in medico-legal ward of Lady Reading Hospital.

The order said that Mr Afridi had requested on Aug 4 for production to attend the session and the Speaker considered his presence in the session appropriate.
Sources said that several lawmakers of the treasury and opposition had held meetings with the detained minister and sought commitments. They said that production order had been issued on the condition that he would not speak against the chief minister on the assembly floor.

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