- PM Imran Khan telephoned Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, expressing concern over Haleem Adil Sheikh’s well being, says spokesperson
- Sheikh was moved to NICVD final evening after complaining of chest ache, shifted to JPMC earlier right this moment
- Sindh Governor accuses Sindh IGP Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar of being “involved in political activities”
- Sheikh tells Geo Information that fifty PPP staff related to the Lyari gang conflict “were hired by the PPP to kill me”
KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed concern over the well being of the ruling PTI’s chief in Sindh, Haleem Adil Sheikh, a spokesperson for the Governor Home mentioned in a press release issued Monday.
In response to the spokesperson, PM Imran Khan had a telephonic dialog with Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, whereby he expressed concern over Haleem Adil Sheikh’s well being. The PTI chief was final evening moved to the Nationwide Institute of Cardiovascular Illnesses (NICVD) after he complained of chest ache.
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Ismail apprised the premier of the continuing state of affairs, in addition to the main points of the alleged torture on Sheikh in police custody. “The prime minister of Pakistan has given the assurance of [required] action” on this regard, the spokesperson added.
The inspector-general of police (IGP) for Sindh, Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar, “is involved in political activities” and the provincial cops had been “showing impartiality”, the governor claimed.
The Central Jail superintendent has denied that Sheikh was assaulted within the jail.
Ismail additionally addressed a press convention Monday night, calling for Sindh IG Mushtaq Mahar’s elimination and claiming that lawlessness was “rampant” within the province.
“Sindh IG seems to have failed. He has no interest in protecting the dignity of the police,” the governor acknowledged. “Retaliatory actions are being taken against the PTI’s workers after the by-elections in Sindh.
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“Haleem Adil Sheikh was charged with terrorism. He was tortured within the Central Jail [Karachi],” he added, noting that the Opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly has “a privilege”, or certain exemptions.
He further noted that a PTI worker, Sameer Sheikh, was also arrested but was to be taken to the hospital according to a court order. “The jail administration will not be obeying the court docket order,” he added.
50 people ‘hired by the PPP to kill me’
Haleem Adil Sheikh, who was last admitted to the NICVD after complaining of chest pain, has been shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
Speaking to Geo News, the Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly, alleged that 50 workers of the provincial ruling party and associated with the Lyari gang war “had been employed by the PPP to kill me”.
“Is there just one room within the jail? Video from the room the place I used to be being hit for 18 seconds ought to be proven,” Sheikh said. “50 folks of the [Lyari] gang conflict had been employed by the PPP to kill me.
“I was placed in the ward of Daesh terrorist Saad Aziz. I was not given any second-class prison facilities,” the PTI chief claimed, including that he had advised the jail administration that his life was in peril.
“A police officer named Ehsan Mehar saved my life,” he added.
Sindh govt ‘punishing, focusing on’ Haleem Adil Sheikh
Individually, Info and Broadcasting Minister Senator Shibli Faraz alleged that the Sindh authorities was “punishing” Sheikh for mentioning its incompetence and “targeting” him for “political revenge”.
“The PPP has recruited the police on political grounds,” Faraz claimed, demanding that the Sindh authorities instantly launch the PTI chief.
“Democracy has always been harmed by the politics of money,” he mentioned, including that the ruling PTI had at all times taken sensible steps to eradicate corruption within the Senate elections.
“There is no moral or legal justification for the violence against Haleem Adil Sheikh. The politics of violence is the PML-N’s motto,” Faraz added.
‘Time to take motion in opposition to Sindh IG’
Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Haider Zaidi additionally issued a press release relating to the alleged torture on Haleem Adil Sheikh, saying he talked to the PTI chief as properly.
“Haleem Adil Sheikh has been admitted to hospital. He was attacked in the jail by 50 thugs of the PPP,” he added, vowing to take up the matter with PM Imran Khan.
“It is time to take action against Sindh IG, home secretary, and chief secretary,” Zaidi confused.
Haleem Adil Sheikh ‘leveling allegations as soon as once more’
Responding to Sheikh’s claims, Sindh chief minister’s adviser on prisons, Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, mentioned the PTI chief was “leveling allegations once again”.
Jakhrani, whereas talking to Geo Information on cellphone, defined that as Haleem Adil Sheikh was being taken contained in the jail, some inmates chanted slogans.
“The prison administration sensed the situation and brought him back under security,” he mentioned, including that the PTI chief was stored in a particular cell of Karachi’s Central Jail.
“As can be seen in the video, the situation returned to normal in 20 seconds,” the aide added.
Earlier within the day, the Central Jail administration additionally launched CCTV footage from the jail in response to the allegations of torture on Sheikh.
The images, captured from the CCTV footage, present that the PTI chief was admitted to the jail ward beneath safety. It was additionally seen within the video that as Haleem Adil Sheikh was being introduced into to the Central Jail, some incarcerated occasion staff began chanting slogans after seeing him close to the ready room.
“The suspect was brought back to the jail over the fear of any harm” being finished to him, the Central Jail’s senior superintendent mentioned.
PTI ‘working to unfold chaos’
As well as, PPP MPA and Sindh Transport Minister Awais Qadir Shah additionally shot again on the statements by the ruling occasion’s leaders, saying the PTI was “a group of politically immature people whether it be on the federal level or provincial”.
“The PTI is working to spread chaos following its failure in the by-elections and from all sides,” Shah mentioned, including that the ruling occasion didn’t need to enhance politics and the society however “just want(s) to spread violence and chaos”.
“First, there was a barrage of allegations against Sindh Police officers and now [they have leveled] allegations against the jail administration. We will not allow the PTI party to succeed in their nefarious intentions at each step they take.”
—Extra reporting by Afzal Nadeem Dogar and Zeeshan Shah from Karachi