Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday strongly condemned the arrest of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar, saying it was “revenge in the name of accountability and justice.” Taking to Twitter after Captain (retd) Safdar was arrested from Islamabad airport by NAB officials, Rafique said Safdar was a “true, resolute and unswerving soldier of democracy” and “Sadiq and Ameen”, warning that those who made his arrest must consider their way of actions.
The minister said that “mafias and relatives of terrorists” neither get arrested nor appear before the courts. “We fought for freedom and dignity of judiciary yet we are being targeted with injustice,” Rafique lamented. He further said that PML-N would not resist the detention, adding that “we will emerge victorious by the grace of God”. State Interior Minister Talal Chaudhry said on Monday that the arrest of Captain (retd) Safdar on non-bailable warrants is a ‘routine matter’, however, it could have been avoided.
Speaking to journalists, he said that the government wanted to show the difference between those who follow the law and those who only speak about it. “I think it was unnecessary by NAB to arrest a person who returned to appear before the accountability court, but as it was a legal matter we didn’t raise our objection,” Chaudhry added. “There are absconders who speak on the rule of law but never appear before courts and there is also one who made excuses and ran away from the courts,” he said. Chaudhry said that there are people who are very worried about the return of Maryam Nawaz. “We have said it before and we are telling them today as well, we will keep giving such surprises,” the state minister said. “Even after having serious reservations over the Panama case JIT and accountability process, we are appearing before the court.”—INP