Pakistan: Sindh cops defer go away after probe ordered into arrest of Sharif’s son-in-law

Pakistan’s Sindh Police chief has deferred his go away for 10 days after Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa ordered an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of former premier Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Muhammad Safdar.

The prime cop of the Sindh province, Mushtaq Mahar additionally requested his fellow officers to defer their leaves “in the larger national interest”.

Opposition events have alleged that the Sindh police chief was reportedly forcibly taken away by paramilitary Frontier Corps from his residence in Karachi within the wee hours of Monday and pressurised to order for the arrest of Safdar.

On Tuesday, Sindh IGP, a minimum of two extra inspectors basic, seven deputy inspectors basic and 6 senior superintendents of police had determined to go on lengthy go away in protest over the siege of Inspector General House that introduced the legislation enforcement company and safety institution in direct battle, Dawn reported.

The law enforcement officials determined to defer their leaves after Gen Bajwa ordered a probe.


Muhammad Safdar was arrested on Monday from his lodge room in Karachi for elevating slogans on the mausoleum of Pakistan’s founder MA Jinnah simply earlier than the second rally of the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s – an alliance of 11 Opposition events. He was launched on bail on the identical day and flew again to Lahore, however the PPP which guidelines the province whereas distancing itself from the incident puzzled who had ordered the arrest of Safdar.


The controversy had already been brewing over the circumstances surrounding Safdar’s arrest, with PML-N leaders claiming that the police had been put beneath strain to select him up. Sindh Police’s Digital Media Cell had tweeted, then deleted, then tweeted once more a press release defending Safdar’s arrest, saying it was accomplished “according to the law”, Geo TV reported.

The incident left the provincial PPP authorities red-faced because the couple was their visitor in Karachi. Bilawal in a press convention mentioned that every one prime officers of Sindh Police had been questioning “who were the people who surrounded” the Sindh police chief’s home on Monday and took him to an unspecified location earlier than Safdar was arrested.

He had demanded that the Army chief and the ISI chief ought to probe the matter because the paramilitary Frontier Corps, managed by the Army, was accused of forcing the police to arrest Safdar. He additionally demanded to know the identities of “the two people who went inside the IG’s house” at round four am. Meanwhile, Information Minister Shibli Faraz mentioned that opposition events had been focusing on “institutions” to create uncertainty. “They have tried to spark a conflict between the institutions [and] are trying to create uncertainty and unrest. The people will hold them accountable for this,” he mentioned.


Following the controversy, Gen Bajwa directed the Karachi Corps Commander to “immediately inquire into the circumstances to determine the facts and report back as soon as possible”.

“Taking notice of the Karachi incident, the COAS has directed Karachi Corps Commander to immediately inquire into the circumstances to determine the facts and report back as soon as possible,” a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations – the army’s media wing – mentioned on Tuesday.

(With inputs from PTI)

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