Capt Safdar was released on bail after being arrested in Karachi
Hours after his arrest, retired Captain Mohammad Safdar was granted bail on Monday by a magistrate facing Rs100,000 bonds in Karachi.
The development was also announced earlier by PML-N Deputy President Maryam Nawaz at a press conference, where she was accompanied by JUI-F head Fazlur Rehman, PPP leader Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and other political leaders.
“Safdar and I will both go to Karachi because now Marriyum Aurangzeb has told me she has been granted bail,” said Maryam.
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Maryam Nawaz and Mohammad Safdar boarded their plane back to Lahore.
Maryam wrote on Twitter early this morning that her retired husband Captain Mohammad Safdar had been arrested by police at their hotel in Karachi.
“Police broke into my room at the hotel I was staying in in Karachi and arrested Capt Safdar,” Maryam tweeted.
According to Maryam, she was asleep when it was alleged that police had “stormed in”.
PTI Minister Ali Zaidi, who denied the allegations, said “Maryam [also] lied that the hotel door was broken.”
The PML-N leader was detained at Aziz Bhatti police station and later appeared before the City Court, where police asked a judge to grant Safdar permission to remain in court.
Meanwhile, Safdar had filed a lawsuit seeking bail after their arrest. The State Prosecutor, on the other hand, asked the court to dismiss the bail application.
The out-of-court situation was blamed as PML-N and PTI supporters, who had gathered outside for a hearing on Safdar, chanted slogans on their own.
He was arrested the day after raising slogans at Quaid cemeteries ahead of the second power demonstration of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) in Bagh-i-Jinnah.
The first information report (FIR) was registered against Maryam, Safdar and 200 others for violating the sanctity of cemeteries in Quaid. The complainant, Waqas Ahmed, said the PML-N leaders, along with 200 of their supporters, arrived at Quaid’s grave where Safdar crossed the grill around us.
The complainant said he tried to stop her from doing so but Safdar “got out of control” and began threatening to kill himself and his colleagues. He added that Safdar later damaged government property before leaving the site with its supporters.
“My complaint is that Safdar and his party have violated the sanctity of Quaid cemeteries and their graves. A case must be registered for promoting political slogans within the cemetery, threatening to kill and damage government property.”
According to MOTO, a copy available with Dawn.com, the case is registered in Section 6, Section 8 and Section 10 of The Quaid-i-Azam’s Mazar (Protection and Maintenance) Ordinance, 1971.
Section 6: Meetings, etc. Not allowed. No person shall organize, convene or participate in any meeting or demonstration or procession or engage in any political activity of any kind within the Quaid-i-Azam’s Mazar or within ten meters of the outer boundary.
Article 8: The Holiness of the Mazar. No person shall commit any act or omission in any way that is offensive to the sanctity and dignity of the Mazar of Quaid-i-Azam.
Article 10: Punishment, etc. (1) Any person who contravenes any provision of this Ordinance shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, to a fine, or to both. (2) A case punishable under this Ordinance shall be tried in a summary manner in accordance with the provisions contained in sections 262 to 265 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1898 (Act V of 1898).
Sindh govt distances himself from arrest
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemned his arrest and said he was shocked to hear about the incident.
Speaking to Maryam Nawaz by telephone, the PPP chairperson expressed full support for her, according to a statement. He further added that the practices in which he was imprisoned were contrary to Sindh’s traditions.
Bilawal said the Sindh government had not been notified of the arrest and that he had asked the Sindh prime minister to fully investigate the incident and take all necessary steps to release Captain Safdar.
PML-N’s senior leader and Maryam’s spokesman, Mohammad Zubair, speaking to reporters in Karachi, said Safdar’s arrest was “a coup d’état” and was done to undermine the PDM alliance.
He said he had spoken to Sindh Prime Minister Murad Ali Shah and PPP Minister Saeed Ghani and would reveal the facts to the public soon. “Imran Khan’s easiest way is to arrest [Safdar] so the whole case will be against the Sindh government and the police.”
Gani wrote on Twitter that although Captain Safdar’s conduct was inappropriate, his arrest was criticized
He said this was done to create a rift between the PDM and that the Sindh government was not involved in the arrests.
PPP MP Sharmila Farooqi said “mocking inside Mazar-e-Quaid is wrong, but breaking down the door and arresting Captain Safdar in this way is also unacceptable”.
“The Sindh government is not a party to this. It is clear that a clear attempt to undermine the PDM unity and defame the Sindh government,” he added.
MNA and Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Mohsin Dawar – who had attended and delivered a speech at a PDM meeting in Karachi the day before – also criticized the arrest of the PML-N leader.
“The breach of confidentiality is a disgrace and violates the entire code of conduct. It is reported that the Sindh police were forced by the Ranger to do this.
‘All Pakistanis are offended’
Information Minister Syed Shibli Faraz, speaking to reporters at the Peshawar Press Club, said everyone in Pakistan was saddened by what was happening at the Quaid’s mausoleum.
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