Murad announces probe to expose Capt Safdar case conspiracy

By: News Desk      Published: 03:06 PM, 20 Oct, 2020
Murad announces probe to expose Capt Safdar case conspiracy

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday said the PTI leaders tried to press police for registering a fake case against PML-N leader Capt Safdar for violating the sanctity of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s mausoleum.

The PTI MPAs were outside the police station with some of them within the building, he said. A federal minister had been giving an ultimatum, the chief minister said and announced that a ministerial committee would be formed to investigate the matter properly and unearth the truth. 

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, Murad described the entire episode as a conspiracy while using a person wanted by law for submitting an application for FIR and vowed that the orchestrators would be exposed through a probe

“Everyone knew that the PML-N leaders and workers would arrive at the mausoleum and the people associated with the PTI reached there as part of the conspiracy. What they were doing there at time,” he questioned.

He also revealed that mobile phone tracking data showed that Waqas, the person who got the FIR registered against Safdar, was not present at the mausoleum. In fact, the chief minister added, he was at Baqai Hospital.

He said they were getting desperate with the increase in the number of those attending the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally with an attempt to get Safdar booked. 

Although the mausoleum’s sanctity shouldn’t have been violated and inappropriate, the FIR was bogus like the charge of hurling threats and had been filed after planning, said Murad.

Any person can get a bogus case filed, he stressed but added that the truth would be revealed through a proper inquiry and the police acted according to the law as they were bound to register a case.

The police, Murad said, told them repeatedly that the matter did not fall within their domain after which the accusation like hurling threats was made part of the application.

Expressing his reservations over the way Safdar was arrested, he said it was not proper to express his views in detail before the inquiry and added that everyone involved would be summoned for an interview before the committee.

Earlier in the day, 24NewsHD had reported that an initial inquiry had described the move illegal and a violation of human rights.

In this connection, Additional Home Secretary Dr Muhammad Usman presented a report to the chief minister.

On the other hand, PPP Central Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira, in a statement, said what the rulers had got nothing except shame through the arrest of Safdar, adding that the move had further united the opposition parties.

Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism court in Lahore extended the interim bail extended of the PML-N leaders till Oct 23 in a case pertaining to the clash outside the NAB office when Maryam was summoned for an ongoing inquiry. Rana Sanaullah and Safdar are among those 30 persons nominated in the case.

Earlier on Monday morning, Safdar was arrested when police barged into the hotel room where he and his spouse – PML-N Vice-president Maryam Nawaz – was staying after attending the PDM rally on Sunday.

The move created shockwaves as some feared frictions in the recently-formed opposition alliance’s ranks. But the hours-long tense situation came to an end as a local court granted bail to Safdar in a case accusing him of violating the decorum at the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and hurling death threats to a person who got the FIR registered against him.

Later in the day, Maryam and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman told a press conference that Safdar was arrested with the aim of dividing the opposition's anti-government alliance.

Maryam said she never thought "for even a moment" that the arrest was carried out at the Sindh government's behest and alleged that the Sindh IGP was forcibly "taken to the sector commander's office and asked to sign on the arrest orders".

Her statement came hours after an audio clip emerged on Twitter in which PML-N leader Mohammad Zubair said that Murad told him the IGP was kidnapped and forced to register the FIR against Maryam, Safdar and 200 others for violating the sanctity of the mausoleum.

She defended the slogans raised during her visit to Jinnah's mausoleum on Sunday, saying: "What is wrong with repeating Quaid-i-Azam's stance at his mausoleum? What is wrong with Madar-i-Millat (mother of the nation) slogans? No one chanted slogans for Nawaz Sharif or me."

"We all know who hates the Vote Ko Izzat Do (respect the vote) slogan. We all know who these unidentified persons are."

Maryam said the complainant in the case, Waqas Ahmed Khan, "is an absconder from an anti-terrorism court". Safdar had been receiving threats "from the highest levels" for a long time, she added.

"If someone thinks they can scare Nawaz Sharif with such tactics, they are wrong. Instead of blackmailing me through my relatives, if you have the courage, come and arrest me."

"This is a government of force, of oppression which does not consider itself bound to the law and the Constitution," said Fazl.