Wanted for stealing ballot boxes: PTI minister Ali Amin Gandapur surrenders to police

Published: June 1, 2015
Ali Amin Gandapur addressing a press conference on Monday. PHOTO: INP

Ali Amin Gandapur addressing a press conference on Monday. PHOTO: INP

PESHAWAR: Nearly three hours after his ‘escape’, Dera Ismail Khan DPO Sadiq Baloch confirmed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Minister Ali Amin Gandapur had been arrested.

“He handed himself to the police,” DPO Baloch said.

Following his arrest, the MPA was shifted to a safer location. The DPO suggested that the minister could not be kept in the Saddar police station since it was a stronghold of the PTI leader and his followers.

Earlier in the evening, the K-P revenue minister’s house was surrounded by police.

A cordon was set up by the DI Khan DPO himself, but the minister reportedly fled using a backdoor, reported Express News correspondent Ramzan Semaab.

According to the DPO, they had made all efforts to arrest the minister by deploying personnel outside his house. “Gandapur had asked for 30 minutes to prepare himself for the arrest”, he claimed.

But the minister failed to show.

Meanwhile, K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak reportedly contacted Gandapur, urging him to obey the law and to surrender.

According to the DI Khan police, vote count was under way in Hemath Adda polling station on Sunday when PTI lawmaker Ali Amin Gandapur accompanied by his brother Umar Amin Gandapur, a candidate for tehsil nazim, and his armed supporters arrived, picked up the ballot boxes and began putting them in the minister’s car.

antt SHO Saifur Rehman who was on duty at the station attempted to stop the minister and his accomplices from entering the station with the help of his police staff, but failed, said a local who witnessed the incident.

Soon after, a large number of workers of opposition parties’ candidates gathered in the area and surrounded Ali’s car. They pelted it with stones and sticks and slashed its tyres. The minister, who was inside the car, remained unhurt.

Officials of the district government, the DPO and DC arrived at the scene subsequently and negotiated with the activists to disperse them; the minister then drove away.

Cantt SHO has registered an FIR in Saddar police station against Ali, his brother Umar and their security guards under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including assaulting a public servant to deter him from his duties.

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Reader Comments (36)

  • Bukhari
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:05AM

    Well KP Police. Justice must be done. Recommend

  • Noman Ansari
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:05AM

    Naya Pakistan. Recommend

  • al
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:06AM

    PTI & Ali Amin Gandapur have have the hearts by surndering against Law of the land even if Gandapur is just Alleged to have broken the Law.
    Maybe Shebaz Sharif and Rana Sana Punjab would learn from KPK Govt & it’s Police and give themselves up in Model Town Massacre Case Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:11AM

    There is something wrong with the laundry machine. The clothes are not turning out to be as clean as promised. Recommend

  • sabi
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:15AM

    Since they are corrupt they think everyone is corrupt in this country hence they believe in grabbing power by hook or by crook in order to enjoy life.This is the ideology of inqilabis.Their dismal performance in KPK show enough proof that they want to loot people rather serve people. Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:16AM

    Its the good precedent by PTI that the minister of a province surrender himself to police for the allegations levied against him and good move by the KPK chief minister to advise him for surrender in this regard I salute the KPK govt for their brave initiative against their own minister & set a new history in Pakistan. In recent past PML (N) govt protect their minister in Model Town incident and later he is reinstated after proven innocent from JIT and concerned court despite the fact that everyone was putting finger on RS. Basically it is an eye-opener for all politicans and govt that no one is above the law even a minister.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:18AM

    This tall man with distinct looks stays with Imran Khan all the times at every rally. As is said, a man is recognised by his company. Or Imran Khan has a moral duty to expell him from his party. If not then guess what type of a man Imran Khan is? Let alone a leader. Recommend

  • just_someone
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:19AM

    Regardless of party, anyone who does wrong should be brought to justice.
    Good to see this happening in KP…
    Can Punjab and Sindh say the same?
    (BTW, Im not a PTI supporter)Recommend

  • salman
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:21AM

    wow, the police actually arrested a minister of the ruling govt! Full credit to kpk police. Wish we had this kind of police in Punjab as well!Recommend

  • Law and order
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:22AM

    Where are the PTI haters who were saying that the police is politicised under the Mian Iftikhar article?Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:25AM

    Pervaiz Khattak needs to also come out of his rat hole and present himself before The police . He is behind all this hooliganism ,.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:27AM

    The miscreants hiding in bunny gala mansion need to also give themselves up Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:32AM

    and before PTI trolls start comparing this to Rana Sana, No Rana SANA is not caught shooting at people nor found telling police to shoot but tihs sick person is caught red handed taking boxes away.Recommend

  • Yasir
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:32AM

    As the time is passing, naya kpk is being exposed even more. Now PTI fan boys will comment here about impartiality of kpk police, instead of why he was not caught red handed with ballot-boxes.Recommend

  • Asad S
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:39AM

    All allegations . Zero proof. Nobody is telling when gandapur was in his car where did the ballot boxes go. We didn’t see a single clip or picture of the boxes in his car. Full fledged propaganda by media and corrupt opposition.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:42AM

    Bunny mansion – that’s where the true culprits areRecommend

  • shahid
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:11AM

    And my lords of model town killings remain at large, ever more powerful, ever more ‘clean’.Recommend

  • Guest
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:40AM

    This is change. When was the last time a sitting minister was arrested in Punjab. Still media kept cursing PTI whole day today. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:46AM

    This is KP de-politicized police, this is justice, everyone has to obey the law.
    Thanks PTI for bringing such an equality among all the people to KP. Recommend

  • Azam Khan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:54AM

    Well done Pervez Khattak, hats off to you Sir. This is what PTI is all about. Other parties should learn from them.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 2, 2015 - 2:54AM

    He has saved Imran’s so called neutral and non political police from complete embarrassment.Recommend

  • YA
    Jun 2, 2015 - 2:59AM

    ANP should start a Darna now that the election in KP was rigged as a part of PTI conspiracy…….. But ANP will not since the ambition of government at the expense of everyone else is exclusive to the PTI leadershipRecommend

  • Sohail Ansari
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:05AM

    What do PTI die-hard supporters who will not miss a single opportunity to criticize others, have to say about this?Recommend

  • Fawad
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:15AM

    A sitting minister arrested by police. This is change. Thank you pti. Recommend

  • S Hashmi
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:27AM

    In Punjab, after almost one year since the Model Town massacre had happened, no FIR was lodged. Then the accused law minister and chief minister of the sitting government who were walking free all the time by the way, get acquitted. In fact, nobody has been made responsible for that massacre.

    In contrast, in KPK, the minister of the sitting government is accused of stealing ballot boxes, gets arrested within 24 hours after FIR had been lodged.

    To all the intelligent minds, which system is better?Recommend

  • raider
    Jun 2, 2015 - 6:48AM

    good, he should be punished per requirement of the law if he had committed this heinous crime of stealing ballot boxes, all other killers and their perpetrators should be arrested with immediate effect, most of the killers belong to opposition, pti is most victimized as majority of the persons assassinated belong to ruling party, Recommend

  • raider
    Jun 2, 2015 - 6:54AM

    every one in noshera knows that who ordered the guard to fire and who is killer of pti worker, but punishment is only for poor not for any galani, qurashi, mian, jatoi etc etc, politician are only respectable regardless of their crime, should we also make demand of release of ali amin gandapur, he is also politician and respectable minster of the cabinet Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 7:33AM

    Dozens killed in model town, Rana Sanaullaj not only was not arrested but now reinstated as minister.? PmlN did not like the first report so made their own new JiT to get what they wanted. See the difference? mr Gandapur is not alleged to murder dozens like in model town, yet arrested. IG saying on national TV that He will be arrested and law will take the course if he is guilty while in Lahore Shahbaz sharif was saying that justice will be done while he was one of the accused and it is purely police work. When asked on national TV Pervez khattak said that it is police work and they will take due course! This is the difference if they Darbaris can see!Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 7:56AM

    If he has any decency then he should resign immediately and face the consequences of his stupid and illegal actions and if not then he should be fired by the Chief Minister. As a matter of fact people like these don’t belong in the progressive party like PTI. It all comes down to Waderas, Choudris and Khans, feudalism is alive and well,they think they are above the law. Gandapur’s actions shows us clearly that he has no respect for the law of the land and he even occupys a very important job in the K-P cabinet. How could the young generation learn from people like him who most likely was elected by dubious ways in the first place. Prosecute him and make an example so people still could believe in PTI. I am very much disappointed in PTI, they are coming down to the level of PML-N who got their Gulus in their party and are protected by the party. Well at least their Gulus are not ministers.Recommend

  • Shahid Bangalore
    Jun 2, 2015 - 8:29AM

    This thief stands disqualified from MNA-ship under article 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan. No matter what sycophant youthias have to say in praising him.
    Justice delayed is justice denied! Recommend

  • Ali Syed
    Jun 2, 2015 - 9:19AM

    A sitting minister of the ruling party arrested. One can only dream of something like this happening in the other provinces. Power to PTI!Recommend

  • ny
    Jun 2, 2015 - 9:26AM

    A depoliticized police arresting a sitting minister; this is tabdeeliRecommend

  • Shazia Bangash
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:28PM

    @just_someone: Why not? Why do you support Altaf or Zardari or Nawaz instead of IK? Or may be you are one of those who have an opinion on everything but never vote!Recommend

  • Shazia Bangash
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:33PM

    @H Chaudhry: Forget Rana Sana, has any serving minister ever been arrested in the history of the PMLN or its ally the PPP? Wonderful that KP police has done that and wonderful that power and funding has been devolved to the streets and villages in KP, that PMLN and PPP could never do. This is revolutionary change!Recommend

  • shahid hussain
    Jun 2, 2015 - 2:49PM

    That’s our Tribune we didn’t expect any less negative thought for PTI from TRIBUNE WHO ACT LIKE A SOTAILI PHUPPI .. (Big Salute to our Corrupted Media)Recommend

  • Anon
    Jun 2, 2015 - 11:28PM

    This tall man with distinct looks stays with Imran Khan all the times at every rally. As is said, a man is recognised by his company. Or Imran Khan has a moral duty to expell him from his party. If not then guess what type of a man Imran Khan is? Let alone a leader.Recommend

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