Chief of Army Staff orders a “speedy investigation” into the Safdar arrest warrant: ISPR

Qamar Javed Bajwa

The military commander orders a “speedy investigation” into the Safdar arrest warrant: ISPR
Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was aware of the arrests of retired PML-N leader Capt Mohammad Safdar in Karachi and ordered an “immediate investigation” into the incident.

He has instructed the Karachi Corps Commanders to “immediately inquire into the circumstances to determine the facts and report promptly”, the ISPR statement said.

The statement came minutes after PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said all senior Sindh police officials were questioning “who the people were” around the Sindh police chief’s house early on Monday morning and took him to an undisclosed location before the PML-N retired leader Capt Mohammad Safdar was arrested.

Speaking at a press conference in Karachi, he also demanded to know who the “two people had entered the IG’s house” and which police officers they were supposed to be taking at around 4pm.


Bilawal’s comments come a day after he was arrested and released on bail by Safdar, the husband of PML-N Deputy President Maryam Nawaz, in Karachi. The couple was in town to attend a meeting of the opposition Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) when Safdar was arrested at their hotel on Monday morning.

Following his arrest, a voice message from PML-N leader and former Sindh governor Muhammad Zubair was stolen by a journalist in which Zubair alleged that the inspector general of police had been abducted and forced to file an initial information report on Maryam Nawaz, her husband Safdar and 200 others violating Quaid cemeteries

In an audio clip posted on Twitter, Zubair allegedly said that Prime Minister Murad Ali Shah had assured him that the police had been pressured into arrest. “When they (the police) refused to do so, the Rangers captured the [IGP],” Zubair said.

PML-N Deputy President Maryam was also accused of forcing the inspector general of police in Sindh to be “taken to the office of the chief of staff and asked to sign the letter.”

He said when the IGP showed reluctance, he was told that the arrest would be made by Ranger. “After his signatures were forcibly taken from the arrest warrant, he was told that the police would make an arrest.”

The allegations were rejected by Marine Minister Ali Zaidi as “an absurdity.”

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