According to the latest development, PTI leader Shireen Mazari has been picked up and arrested outside of her house in Islamabad on Saturday.
According to the daughter of former human rights minister Iman Mazari, male police officers beat her mother Shireen Mazari, and took her away. Mazari says that she is being told that Anti-Corruption Wing Lahore has arrested Shireen Mazari.
PTI leaders Iftikhar Durrani, Fawad Chaudhry, and Farrukh Habib have condemned her arrest. Iftikhar Durrani called out all the PTI members to reach Kohsar Police Station where according to media reports she was taken initially. Reports claim that Shireen Mazari was brought to Kohsar Police Station for initial paperwork.
#Pakistan’s former minister for #HumanRights @ShireenMazari1 arrested by #Pakistani authorities. Victim of political victimisation. The authorities are arresting people for voicing dissent and exercising fundamental rights of speech and expression.
— Arshad Sharif (@arsched) May 21, 2022
— Iftikhar Durrani (@DuraniIftikhar) May 21, 2022
اطلاعات ہیں کہ @ShireenMazari1 کو ان کے اسلام آباد گھر کے باہر سے گرفتار کر لیا گیا ہے
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 21, 2022
Islamabad Police say that they had been informed by the anti-corruption wing that she was already wanted in an old case registered against her. So far, the anti-corruption wing has not explained the charges leveled against her. As per media reports, she has been taken to DG Khan.
She has been apparently been taken to DG Khan because the case has been filed there. She will be presented in the court there.
Senior politician and former minister Sheikh Rasheed of AML has condemned her arrest. While talking to ARY News he said that it seems the government has decided to resort to politics of confrontation and intimidation. Rasheed believes that matters will go worse with her arrest.
It is important to mention that Shireen Mazari had been aggressively questioning the role of state institutions in the toppling of the PTI government on social media. She had asked some ferocious statements in the past week.
Rasheed stated that the government has started arresting the PTI leaders in a bid to thwart the possible Long March towards Islamabad. Shahbaz Gill claims that a fake FIR has been registered against her and she is being targeted for voicing her concerns for rights.