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Safdar’s arrest: ISPR says ISI, Rangers personnel acted over zealously

The officers have been removed from their current assignments

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 10, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Posted: Nov 10, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Safdar’s arrest: ISPR says ISI, Rangers personnel acted over zealously

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The court of inquiry into the arrest of PML-N leader Capt (retd) Mohammad Safdar Awan in Karachi found that the officers of the ISI and the Rangers acted “over zealously” in the case which “led to misunderstanding between the two state institutions.”

Safdar, the husband of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz, was arrested from his hotel room in Karachi for sloganeering at Quaid-e-Azam’s tomb. He, however, was granted bail by a court after 12 hours. He was in Karachi for the Pakistan Democratic Movement rally.

Army Chief Qamar Jawed Bajwa had ordered an inquiry after Inspector General of Sindh Police Mushtaq Mehar decided to go on leave following the arrest, along with other officials.

On the night of October 18-October 19, “officers from the Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) and ISI sector Headquarters Karachi were considerably seized with the fall out of desecration of the Mazar-e-Quaid,” read a statement issued by the ISPR.

The statement said that the officers were “under increasing public pressure to ensure prompt action as per the law.” The ISI and Rangers personnel felt that the response of the Sindh police was slow in a “developing yet volatile situation” and decided to act, “rather over zealously”.

The officers were “experienced enough to have acted more prudently and could have avoided creating an unwarranted situation that led to misunderstanding between the two state institutions.”

The statement said that based on the recommendations of the court of inquiry, “it has been decided to remove the officers from their current assignments for departmental proceedings and disposal at GHQ. “

On Monday, the police termed the FIR against Safdar ‘fake’ in the charge sheet submitted to a Karachi court.

‘Abduction’ of Sindh IG

On October 21, former Sindh governor Muhammad Zubair said that Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah told him that the provincial chief of police was “abducted”, taken to the sector commander’s office and pressured to issue orders for Safdar’s arrest.

“He said that at around 4am, the IG police was surrounded and he was taken to the sector commander… I think he used the word kidnap… abduct sorry… he was abducted and taken to the sector commander’s office,” Zubair told SAMAA TV’s Nadeem Malik.

“The additional IG was also brought there and they forcibly told [the police officials] to issue orders to arrest Safdar. IG showed resistance and he said I won’t authorise the police.”

According to PML-N’s Zubair, the Rangers had “escorted” the police to the hotel to arrest Safdar.

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One Comment

  1. Reader  November 11, 2020 2:52 am/ Reply

    I disagree. Seems like law is only for poors. This is the reason why people act rudely and act as rich powerful with traffic police …cuz traffic police only harras poors.

    All parties should agree on something.
    Even PMLN shud condmn this

    This is the LAW:google search baaghi tv 3 year imprisonment for the desecration of quaids-mazar

    No offence intended to PMLN but due you not agree?
    I mean lets not curse at least …we are all Pakistanis

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