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KARACHI: Sindh government representative Murtaza Wahab on Friday said that individuals should be cautious while talking about Inspector-General Sindh as it is a tenable assignment, adding that Mushtaq Mehar “was not abducted.”

Addressing a question and answer session in Karachi, Wahab said that PTI MPA Raja Azhar had documented a FIR against Captain (retd) Safdar, adding that the nation has an obvious law with respect to the holiness of Mazar-e-Quaid and a report according to the issue was additionally submitted before the cabinet.

Wahab said the police had raised a lawful point, saying that the application should be submitted to a judge rather than police, after which PTI pioneers attempted to present another appeal however the police dismissed it once again.

“Under the circumstances, the attitude of PTI members was inappropriate, Wahab said.

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The spokesperson added that the report of the Karachi incident was submitted to the provincial cabinet within 30 days but it was only approved yesterday.

Citing the report, Wahab said that the federal government and PTI leaders “used the episode for politicking.”

“They concurred with the police report that the FIR was bogus, so the court excused it,” he said.

The spokesperson said that the prayer leader, who was present at the shrine, also told the police that such an incident did not take place.

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Speaking further, Wahab said that in the video, it could be seen that several PTI leaders were present at the police station and a key federal minister also reached there to pressurise the police.

Wahab maintained that Sindh would write a letter to the federal government, where they would highlight that PTI leaders had interfered with police work.

“The police went under weight and enrolled the FIR, while it was the employment of the examination official to investigate things and afterward register the FIR,” he said.

Meanwhile, speaking about the census, he claimed that he could prove that the province’s population was inaccurately counted and that Sindh would write a letter to the federal government in this regard.

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“The bureaucratic bureau settles on unlawful choices during Imran Khan’s rule,” he said.

Moreover, speaking about MQM-P, he said that the party should “leave the public authority, as opposed to coming out on the streets.”

What did the report state?

A ministerial committee probing the arrest of Capt (retd) Mohammad Safdar Awan found that the Sindh Police was pressurised by the federal government and PTI MPAs to take action against the PML-N leader.

On October 22, the Sindh government had established the ministerial committee to investigate the arrest of PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz’s husband after the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) jalsa in Karachi and the “alleged misusing of the most significant level of police”.

The matter was likewise tested by the military on the orders of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. After the request, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) declared the expulsion of certain officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Pakistan Rangers Sindh from their present tasks for acting “overzealously”.

The Sindh board of trustees on Thursday introduced its report before the common bureau. The discoveries denounce government clergymen and nearby administrators having a place with PTI of pressurizing the police into enrolling a body of evidence against Awan for bringing political mottos up in the premises of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s mausoleum.

The report said hooliganism inside the sepulcher is a case whose insight should be taken up by a judge and not the police. However, the police had to act because of weight by the national government and the PTI MPAs to stop a body of evidence against Awan over a ‘fake complaint’ documented by an individual who was absent at the mausoleum.

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The report said matter of Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mahar had just been settled through the activity taken by the military chief.

Although the bureau chose to not unveil the report, it would assess the central government about the impedance of its clergymen and PTI officials in Sindh. 

Captain Safdar’s arrest

Retired Captain Safdar — Nawaz Sharif’s child in-law and Maryam Nawaz’s life partner — was captured in October by Sindh Police for, among different charges, purportedly abusing the holiness of Quaid-e-Azam’s Mazar (likewise called Mazar-e-Quaid).

The sacredness of the Quaid’s Mazar is ensured by The Quaid-I-Azam’s Mazar (Protection and Maintenance) Ordinance, 1971, which expressly prohibits political exercises inside the premises of the mausoleum.

“No person shall organise, convene or take part in any meeting or demonstration or procession or engage in political activity within the premises of Quaid’s mausoleum or within a distance of ten feet from the outer boundary thereof,” peruses the law on the matter.

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