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Pakistan

Ministerial committee being formed to investigate Safdar's arrest, says Sindh CM

  • Accused the "federal minister" of being part of the "lies" that surround the "false case" against Capt Safdar
Published October 20, 2020

(Karachi) Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said that the provincial government has decided to form a ministerial committee which would conduct a detailed inquiry into the arrest of PML- founder Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law capt (r) Safdar and will expose those involved in hatching the conspiracy.

Addressing a press briefing in Karachi on Tuesday, the CM said the Sindh government will form a committee comprising of three to five minister that will carry out the inquiry into the matter.

Shah said there was "a minister" who was giving the police "ultimatums". "I will see how a case is not registered," said the chief minister quoting the minister, but declining to name him.

He said while it is not a crime to be present within a police station, "it is a crime to register a false case".

He accused the "federal minister" of being part of the "lies" that surround the "false case" against Capt Safdar. He said that the inclusion of 506 (b) (punishment for criminal intimidation if threat be to cause death or grievous hurt) was done purposely because when such a case is brought to the police, it is duty bound to register such a case.

The chief minister maintained that on three occasions prior to that, PTI ministers went to the police attempting to register a case and then even the Mazar's board went the third time with the ministers accompanying them.

"They attempted to pressurise the police. The police did not fall under pressure [...] from about six in the evening, they kept at this till one in the night."

"The jalsa venue continued to swell with people and all the while they were attempting to do this," he said, criticising that elected representatives were "resorting to such moves".

The chief minister stressed that the police will never do anything wrong and the PPP will never ask it to. He said that the man named Waqas — who is the complainant in the case — had said in a statement that he was present at the Mazar-e-Quaid but when his phone was tracked between 4:30pm and 4:52pm, he was at Baqai Medical University on the Super Highway.

CM Shah went on to say Waqas is an "absconding criminal".The chief minister said that while the act of raising slogans at the Mazar was inappropriate, the PTI has done the same in the past.

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