July 9, 2015 / 2:55 PM / in 2 years

Pakistani provincial mines minister arrested on suspicion of graft

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Authorities in northwestern Pakistan arrested a provincial minister for mines and minerals on suspicion of embezzlement, the government’s anti-corruption commission said on Thursday.

The commission in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa arrested Zia Ullah Afridi, affiliated with the province’s ruling Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf party, a statement from the Ehtesab Commission said.

Afridi will be brought before a special court over the misappropriation of billions of rupees (tens of millions of dollars) of provincial government funds, it said.

No other details were immediately available.

Reporting by Jibran Ahmad; Editing by Louise Ireland

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