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Shah Mehmood Qureshi dragged, manhandled before re-arrest

He was expected to be released following his bail in the Cipher case from the Supreme Court. But was re-arrested in anti-terrorism cases and in accusation of attack on GHQ on May 9th, 2023.

PTI leader and former foreign minister of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi re-arrest from the premises of the Adiala jail has raised concerns.

The videos of his re-arrest have erupted in backlash and condemnation on social media. His arrest was made early Wednesday morning.

He was expected to be released following his bail in the Cipher case from the Supreme Court. But was re-arrested in anti-terrorism cases and in accusation of attack on GHQ on May 9th, 2023.

While talking to the media from the premises of Adiala jail, the large contingent of Punjab police manhandled him and dragged him to the prison van. A case has been filed against him at RA Bazar in Rawalpindi, accused of an attack on GHQ.

He is expected to be produced today or tomorrow in anti-terrorism court for remand. Yesterday, he was detained under 3 MPO orders for 15 days. District Commissioner Rawalpindi had issued his detention orders.

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Netizens and political commentators have condemned the way Shah Mehmood Qureshi was manhandled and arrested by police. They believe Police should have showed respect to Qureshi.

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Before being arrested by Police, Shah Mehmood Qureshi talking to media, expressed his frustration over his re-arrest. , “I was released on bail by the Supreme Court. This is cruelty; I am being penalized for serving the nation,” said Shah Mehmood Qureshi before sitting in the prison van.

Despite obtaining relief from superior courts, the PTI leader was unexpectedly held at Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail for 15 days under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance, Section 3.

Qureshi’s daughter had hoped for her father’s release on Tuesday, believing he was not involved in any other cases. However, upon reaching the jail to complete the necessary paperwork for release, they learned he had been detained for a 15-day period.