Gen Bajwa orders inquiry into ‘Karachi incident’ involving Capt Safdar’s arrest

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Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. — ISPR/FileChief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday ordered a probe into the latest “Karachi incident”, an announcement by the navy’s media wing mentioned.According to Inter-Services Public Relations: “[Gen Bajwa] has directed Commander Karachi Corps to immediately inquire in to the circumstances to determine the facts and report back as soon as possible.”The assertion by ISPR comes moments after PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held a press convention at Bilawal House in Karachi and requested Gen Bajwa and Director General Inter Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz Hameed to carry an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding PML-N chief retired Captain Safdar’s arrest.Addressing stories of the police being pressurised to register a police criticism towards Safdar, Bilawal mentioned that each police officer in Sindh, from a station home officer to senior law enforcement officials, had been questioning who had “surrounded IG Sindh Mushtaq Mahar’s office at 2am on Sunday night”.”Who were the two persons who went inside the IG’s house at 2am and where was our IG taken at 4am in the morning?” he requested.Bilawal urged Gen Bajwa and Lt Gen Hameed to carry an investigation into their establishments and decide how their individuals had been working within the province.”Persons from these institutions should be focusing on matters of national security and the law and order issues of the province,” he mentioned. “Our civilian institutions and these institutions have to work together [to uphold the law in Sindh].”Bilawal mentioned that interference in police issues was insupportable, including that he had “condemned it in the strongest words.”Later on, an announcement by the Media Cell Bilawal House mentioned that Gen Bajwa and Bilawal spoke on the phone “to discuss the Karachi incident”.According to the assertion, the PPP chairman “expressed his appreciation” to the military chief “for taking prompt notice of the Karachi incident and his assurance of conducting a transparent inquiry on the incident”.Police submit request for departThe improvement additionally comes shortly after stories that a number of senior officers of Sindh Police, together with IG Sindh Mushtaq Mahar, have determined to go on depart citing demoralisation of the police pressure.According to a Geo News correspondent, 12-13 law enforcement officials have submitted depart requests.An software signed by AIG Special Branch Imran Yaqoob, which has been making the rounds on social media, reads that he needs to proceed on depart as a result of the police excessive command has been “ridiculed and mishandled”, resulting in demoralisation throughout the ranks of Sindh Police.Chaos in Sindh PoliceA day earlier, Sindh Police’s Digital Media Cell had tweeted, then deleted, then tweeted once more an announcement defending Captain Safdar’s arrest, saying it was carried out “according to the law”.The division’s Twitter exercise, which indicated that not all was properly throughout the provincial police, had raised eyebrows.Controversy had already been brewing over the circumstances surrounding Captain Safdar’s arrest, with PML-N representatives claiming that the police had been put beneath stress to select him up.Representatives of the Sindh authorities had publicly distanced themselves from the arrest and condemned it, saying that whereas Captain Safdar elevating slogans on the Quaid-e-Azam’s Mazar was not condonable, the arrest had been made with out its data.Captain Safdar’s arrestRetired Captain Safdar — Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law and Maryam Nawaz’s partner — was arrested within the early hours of Monday by Sindh Police for, amongst different fees, allegedly violating the sanctity of Quaid-e-Azam’s Mazar (additionally known as Mazar-e-Quaid).The sanctity of the Quaid’s Mazar is protected by The Quaid-i-Azam’s Mazar (Protection and Maintenance) Ordinance, 1971, which explicitly forbids political actions throughout the premises of the mausoleum.”No person shall organise, convene or take part in any meeting or demonstration or procession or engage in political activity within the premises of Quaid’s mausoleum or within a distance of ten feet from the outer boundary thereof,” reads the regulation on the matter.CM Shah says petitioner ‘manufactured’ police complaintIn a press convention earlier within the day, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah mentioned that an try was made to place the police beneath stress, with PTI ministers going to the police on two completely different events to register a case and on a 3rd event accompanying the Mazar-e-Quaid board.They had been instructed by police {that a} summary trial just like the one sought falls beneath the jurisdiction of a judicial Justice of the Peace and it’s not as much as the police to register a case, mentioned CM Shah. He mentioned the police had refused to fall beneath stress.Nonetheless, the CM Sindh mentioned, the petitioner had “manufactured” a criticism saying that he had been threatened together with his life, as a consequence of which police needed to take motion.