Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held Prime Minister Imran Khan responsible for Sindh Inspector General of Police’s ‘detention’ in the lead-up to Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz leader Capt (retd) Safdar’s arrest in Karachi on October 18.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday, the former premier and senior PML-N leader called on the courts to take a suo moto action in the wake of matters that came to the fore following the arrest.
The former premier stated that the matter of PML-N leader’s – who is also the husband of party vice president Maryam Nawaz – arrest has been in the media for the past four days, and “more information and complications regarding the case keep coming to light”.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) general secretary further stated that “the matter is serious as the Constitution has been violated”. Referring to Maryam’s claims that the room of their door was broken down to arrest the latter, Abbasi said the government was part and parcel in violating the sanctity of the chaddor and char deewari, and that the order for its violation was given by the prime minister himself, which was unlawful.
“In giving the order, the premier not only violated his oath, but also forced other officials to violate their oaths,” the PML-N leader stated. Abbasi further added that the Centre attacked the jurisdiction of the provincial government by detaining Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mahar and forcing him to issue Safdar’s arrest orders.