In another setback for Khadija Shah, The Deputy Commissioner of Lahore released her detention orders for 30 days under the MPO (Maintenance of Public Order) regarding the May 9 incidents.
DC Rafia Haider issued the notification, stating that Shah may disturb the law and order situation again which is why she was being detained. The decision came after the fashion designer was granted post-arrest bail in a case pertaining to the torching of police vehicles during the May 9 violence.
“Shah has been detained on the recommendations of the superintendent of police (SP) Cantt and District Intelligence Branch,” it added. The notification also said that Shah was involved in violent protests on May 9 — the day when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was arrested in the Al-Qadir Trust case in Lahore.
The leading fashion designer is the daughter of former finance minister Salman Shah. She is accused of being a part of the mob that attacked the Lahore Corps Commander House now known as Jinnah House.
Shah has been under detention for the past six months. She surrendered herself to the law after police started raiding for her arrest. Since then, the court granted her bail numerous times, but law enforcement agencies re-arrested her on different charges whenever she was granted bail. Her lawyers believe she is being arrested again and again on frivolous charges as investigative authorities failed to produce credible evidence against her every time in court.
Last she was granted bail on November 15th, 2023. In October 2023, she penned down an emotional note from the jail describing the plight of arrested female supporters of PTI, who are along with her incarcerated on the charges of the May 9th protest. Shah had shared the adversities faced by other women. She also penned down her conversation with her little daughter whenever she met her in jail or in court.