Govt ‘not behind’ Fawad Chaudhry’s arrest: Marriyum

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Federal Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday denied the involvement of the government behind the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry.

She provided the clarification by saying, “We have the same power as the PTI held while in power, but we will not use it for political victimisation.”

“Some people are attempting to portray that Fawad Chaudhry’s arrest was politically motivated. But let me take the opportunity and clarify: if we wanted to arrest [our political opponents], then the entire top-tier PTI leadership would be behind bars. It is not politically motivated,” the information minister said in a press conference.

In her presser, the federal minister noted that it was not the government that had registered the case against Fawad, rather, ECP Secretary Omer Hamid Khan had lodged the first information report (FIR).

“For the past nine months, we were in power, but we did not resort to the tactics that PTI used. During their tenure, ministers and Imran Khan, himself would hold press conferences and describe how their political opponents would be arrested later.”

The federal minister said that during Khan’s government, a daughter was arrested in front of her father — referring to the time when Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senior Vice President Maryam was taken into custody while PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif was in jail.