Prime Minister Imran Khan has termed the kidnapping of Sindh Police IG Mushtaq Mahar by the Sindh Rangers to get Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Capt (r) Safdar arrested a “comedy”.
Referring to the IG House incident, the PM said: “I believe it is a comedy. When I think about that, I laugh. What is happening? It is unfortunate that all the enemies of Pakistan, including India and Israel, are with them.”
The PM made these comments in an interview with the ARY News. The PM, who didn’t comment on the much controversial till now, blamed media for creating “hype” over the incident. He said: “Kidnapping [of Sindh police chief] was a non-issue, yet media houses were creating hype.”
The prime minister was referring to the incident, wherein the army coerced the Sindh IG to issue arrest warrants against Safdar, who was arrested from his hotel room.
The humiliating treatment meted out to the police chief led to the senior officials asking the government for 60 days leave.
Subsequently, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman demanded army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to hold an inquiry into the incident. At this, Gen Bajwa ordered the Karachi corps commander to hold “immediate probe” into the incident.
ARREST OF CAPT SAFDAR:
Safdar was arrested from his hotel room in the early hours of Monday from his hotel room for raising slogans at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, and jumping over the grill surrounding the grave. The Sindh government led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had distanced itself from the matter soon after the arrest.
Afterwards, the Sindh police tweeted that the arrest was lawful, but the tweet was deleted soon after it was put up. But after a few hours, the tweet was updated again, wherein the police said that Safdar was arrested as per law.