Violation of sanctity of Mazar-e-Quaid Plea against Maryam, Safdar rejected

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Observer Report
Karachi

A judicial magistrate in Karachi rejected on Tuesday a plea filed by the Quaid-e-Azam Mazar Management Board to register a case against PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz, her husband Capt Safdar Awan, and party workers over the alleged violation of the sanctity of Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum.

The decision was announced by judicial magistrate South in a hearing held in Karachi.

Back in March, a judicial magistrate in Karachi directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (Investigations) to investigate Maryam and her husband Safdar over the alleged violation of the sanctity of Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum last year.

The case, filed by the Quaid-e-Azam Mazar Management Board, states that Capt Safdar and his accomplices physically harmed the mausoleum.

In November last year, a judicial magistrate had quashed a different FIR filed against Safdar Awan after categorising the case as “C class”.

The police complaint had accused Awan, husband of PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law of former premier Nawaz Sharif, and a cohort of PML-N supporters to have violated the sanctity of Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum by chanting political slogans and intimidating people.

On October 19, a day after his visit to the mazar, Sindh Police arrested Safdar from his hotel room in the early morning, causing a political uproar. He was granted post-arrest bail the same day.

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