Captain Safdar arrested for violating the sanctity of Mazar-e-Quaid

Captain Safdar arrested for violating the sanctity of Mazar-e-Quaid

According to 24 News TV, Sindh Police on Monday arrested PML-N leader Capt (retd) Safdar Awan on charges of violating the sanctity of the shrine of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

A case was registered against PML-N leaders Maryam Nawaz, her husband Capt (retd) Safdar Awan and 200 others at the brigade police station for chanting slogans at Mazar-e-Quaid.

“Police broke down the door of my room at the hotel where I was staying in Karachi and arrested Captain Safdar,” Nawaz said in a tweet.

She also retweeted a video claiming that police forcibly entered her hotel room to arrest her husband.

A video released by Maryam on Twitter shows a broken door of a hotel in Karachi from where Captain Safdar was arrested on Monday morning.

Ahead of the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s second power show in Karachi on Sunday, Maryam, accompanied by a large number of senior leaders and activists, walked into the hall of the Quaid’s mausoleum to offer prayers and lay a wreath. According to tradition, one reciter recited the Holy Qur’an and Mary in the Holy Qur’an and some others recited the Fatiha in the Girl’s compound.

As soon as the Fateha was over, the PML-N workers standing outside the iron grill in the same hall chanted slogans in favor of Maryam. Captain Safdar gestured to them, apparently to stop them from chanting this particular slogan at the Quaid-e-Azam’s grave, and started chanting the slogan “Vote Cost Do” which was also against the protocol of the tomb.

When Maryam and the other leaders remained silent, Safdar chanted another slogan, “Long live the mother of the nation,” and the crowd responded emotionally. The scene lasted a few minutes and Mary walked out of the compound with the others.

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Omar also tweeted the video and strongly demanded the PML-N to apologize to the nation for “desecrating the sanctity of the Quaid’s shrine”.

The move was met with a strong response from government officials, who not only demanded an apology but also approached the police, saying legal action should be taken against all those involved in the act.

Police registered a case against the citizen at Karachi Brigade Police Station. Captain Safdar went to the police station chanting “Respect the vote”. He has been shifted to Aziz Bhatti police station where a large number of former Sindh governor, PML-N lawyers and PML-N supporters have gathered against the arrest.

The Quaid’s mausoleum is protected under a special law, the Quaid-e-Azam’s Shrine (Protection and Restoration) Ordinance, 1971, which prohibits all demonstrations and political activities on the premises.

It states that “no person shall organize, assemble or participate in any meeting, demonstration or procession or engage in any political activity: inside the Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum or within ten feet of its outer boundary Any activity. “

It also prohibits doing any work or behaving in any way which is an insult to sanctity and dignity. Under the ordinance, anyone who violates a provision of the ordinance can be punished for a term of up to three years, or a fine, or both.

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said in a tweet that he was not expecting this (Capt. Safdar’s arrest) but he was happy that Sindh Police had enforced the law and arrested him.

He further said that he had committed a crime on Mazar-e-Quaid yesterday and the law should be followed.

He also blamed Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah for the arrest when Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah once fulfilled his responsibility by ordering the arrest of Captain Safdar through Sindh Police.

However, Maryam Nawaz and Nawaz Sharif’s spokesman, Zubair, said that Captain Safdar had been arrested in response to the PDM’s successful rallies.

He said it was a conspiracy to discredit the government and accused the federal government of pressuring the Sindh police to take action.

He said that CM Murad Ali Shah said that he was not aware of any such action by the police. Zubair said he was a former governor of the province’s Burt, but was not allowed to enter the police station.

Zubair said that Captain Safdar had been falsely accused of making death threats and such restrictions were also wrong in the FIR and even his lawyers were not allowed to enter the police station.

Zubair said that if the case against Captain Safdar was not withdrawn, the PML-N would respond politically not only in Karachi but in the entire country.

Meanwhile, Sindh Education and Labor Minister Saeed Ghani agreed in a tweet that Captain Safdar’s actions at Mazar-e-Quaid were not appropriate but also condemned the manner in which Karachi police arrested him.

He said that Captain Safdar was not arrested on the instructions of Sindh government and this move was an attempt to make a difference in PDM and he would thwart such efforts.


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