Federal ministers, PTI MPAs pressurised Sindh Police to arrest PML-N's Safdar Awan: report

Federal ministers, PTI MPAs pressurised Sindh Police to arrest PML-N’s Safdar Awan: report

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Karachi: A committee of ministers investigating the arrest of Captain Mohamed Safdar Awan found that the federal government and PTI MPA have put pressure on the Sindh police to take action against the leaders of PML-N.

On October 22, the Sindh government had established the ministerial committee to investigate the arrest of PML-N vice-president Maraym Nawaz’s husband after the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) jalsa in Karachi and the alleged mishandling of the “highest level of police”.

The matter was also probed by the armed forces on the directives of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. After the inquiry, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced removal of some officers of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Pakistan Rangers Sindh from their current assignments for acting “overzealously”.

The Sindh Provincial Committee submitted a report to the provincial cabinet on Thursday. The results of the investigation allege that federal ministers and local lawmakers belonging to PTI forced the police to register a lawsuit against Awan on the grounds that they made political slogans on the grounds of the Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah mausoleum.

The report said that the hooliganism in the mausoleum was a case and that the magistrate should be responsible for it, not the police. However, due to pressure from the federal government and PTI MPA, the police were forced to take action and file a lawsuit against Ngawang for “fake complaints” made by people who were not even in the mausoleum.

The report said that the matter of the Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mahar (Mushtaq Mahar) had been resolved through the action of the Chief of the Army.

Although the cabinet decided to not make the report public, it would appraise the federal government about the interference of its ministers and PTI legislators in Sindh. 

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