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PTI chief Shireen Mazari arrested in Islamabad: police


ISLAMABAD: Former federal minister and senior PTI chief Shireen Mazari has been arrested by Punjab’s anti-corruption division, Islamabad Police stated Saturday.

In line with Geo Information, the PTI chief was taken into custody in a case associated to the encroachment of a chunk of land in District Rajanpur.

‘My mom has been kidnapped’

Talking to journalists, Mazari’s daughter, Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir, confirmed the event saying that “male law enforcement officials have overwhelmed and brought her mom away.”

She warned the brand new authorities that she wouldn’t “spare any of them if one thing occurs to her mom.”

“I used to be solely instructed that the anti-corruption wing has arrested my mom,” she stated, including that her mom was arrested with out prior discover to the household.

“If this authorities does such a factor then I’ll observe them,” she stated, including her mom wasn’t arrested however she would name this a “kidnapping incident”.

As in opposition to Imaan’s declare that male officers had arrested her mom, footage aired on Geo Information exhibits a number of feminine police officers current on the website of the arrest, making an attempt to tug Mazari out of her automotive after she began resisting the arrest. 

‘Anarchy’

Talking to Geo Information, former inside minister Sheikh Rasheed stated: “They [the new government] is pushing the nation in direction of anarchy.”

He additional stated that the authorities had ready a listing of people who find themselves to be arrested as new IGs have been appointed in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

“Shireen Mazari’s arrest is step one on this regard,” he stated, warning that PTI Chairman Imran Khan “might be the following one to be arrested”. 

The case

In the meantime, Geo Information has obtained the small print of the case filed on the request of Deputy Commissioner Rajanpur, in keeping with which the Anti-Corruption Institution Punjab registered the case on the grievance of Assistant Commissioner Rajanpur.

Mazari is accused of encroaching upon a chunk of land. A grievance was lodged in opposition to her on March 11, 2022, whereas AC Rajanpur was directed to inquire into the matter.

The involved official ready the report of the case on April eight and within the gentle of this, the Anti-Corruption Institution registered a felony case beneath its Guidelines 2014.

Condemnations pour in

Following Mazari’s arrest, politicians, journalists, and civil society members condemned Mazari’s arrest. 

Condemning the incident, former governor Sindh Imran Ismail wrote on Twitter: “The arrest of Mazari is an indication that the imported authorities is bewildered”.

“The imported authorities is making the state of affairs difficult itself.”

In the meantime, former minister for parliamentary affairs Ali Mohammad Khan termed the incident a “cowardly act” of the coalition authorities.

“The federal government is not only nervous, this can be very nervous,” he maintained.

PPP MNA Nafisa Shah acknowledged: “Arresting #ShireenMazari, who has no allegations in opposition to her is uncalled for, improper! Who has ordered her arrest and why?”

PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar additionally condemned the incident.

“Issues by no means appear to alter within the land of the pure. Shireen Mazari is my neighbour & an expensive good friend. Her arrest is deplorable and worst type of political oppression. Individuals who have gone by way of it themselves & have cried foul prior to now, why would they indulge or flip blind eye?”

Senior journalist Hamid Mir requested PML-N to “clear its place”.

Human Rights Fee of Pakistan (HRCP) wrote on Twitter: “HRCP condemns the arrest and manhandling of senior PTI chief @ShireenMazari1. Her arrest smacks of political victimisation, which has regrettably grow to be an entrenched apply and is deplorable irrespective of which social gathering is the perpetrator. Dr Mazari is entitled to due course of and the incident should be investigated instantly.”

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