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Will Captain Safdar be sent to jail for three years after disrespecting Quaid’s mausoleum?

Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar has been arrested for breaching the sanctity of the Quaid’s mausoleum. He can be sent to jail for three years. However, analysts are mulling over the question as to who was behind the arrest. The Sindh government is has termed it as a move to defame the PPP.

Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar, husband of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president Maryam Nawaz, has been arrested by the Karachi police from a hotel in Karachi. Safdar had chanted PML-N’s political slogan “Vote ko izzat dou” (respect the vote) while laying flowers wreath on Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah’s tomb, and the act had prompted criticism from PTI Sindh’s leadership. PTI leaders had approached the police seeking registration of a case against the PML-N leader for breaching the sanctity of the Quaid’s mausoleum. Maryam Nawaz, Mohammad Safdar, Maryam Aurangzeb, and about 200 others were named in the complaint.

There is a strong opinion among political commentators and analysts in Islamabad that the arrest was made to seek publicity. “The Sindh government has control over its police. There is no question about it. So, you must know who was behind the arrest?” a senior official told GVS.

According to the FIR, a case has been registered on Section 6 (convening of meetings or processions in the mausoleum), Section 8 (entry into the mausoleum with a weapon) and Section 10 (penalty for contravention of provisions) of The Quaid-i-Azam’s Mazar (Protection and Maintenance) Ordinance, 1971.

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Legal experts believe that Safdar can be sent to jail for three years after disrespecting Quaid’s mausoleum. However, it is yet to be seen how does the Sindh police deal with the case as many experts are pointing it to be nothing more than an attempt to get popularity.

Police broke Maryam’s room door?

PML-N vice-President claimed that the police broke her room and arrested her husband. “Police broke my room door at the hotel I was staying at in Karachi and arrested Capt Safdar,” Maryam said via tweet.

According to Maryam, she was sleeping when the police allegedly “barged in”.

However, PTI minister Ali Zaidi, refuted her claim, saying “Maryam [is] once again lying that the hotel door was broken.”

Attempt to defame the Sindh government?

Saeed Ghani, PPP’s senior leader and provincial minister for education, tweeted that while Captain Safdar’s behavior was inappropriate, the way his arrest was carried out was condemnable. He alleged this was being done to create a rift among PDM and that the Sindh government had no role in the arrest.

PPP MPA Sharmila Farooqi said “sloganeering inside Mazar-e-Quaid is inappropriate, but breaking doors & arresting Captain Safdar in this manner is also unacceptable”.

“Sindh government is not a party to this. Clearly a blatant attempt to sabotage the solidarity of PDM and defame Sindh government,” she added.

Attempt to seek public attention or sympathy?

Shahzad Akbar, adviser to the PM on accountability and interior, has reportedly questioned if the Sindh government arrested the former first son-in-law for the publicity?

On September 5, former premier Nawaz Sharif was booked on treason charges. As per details, some senior leaders of the former ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), have also been booked on the same charges. The case was registered at the ‘PS Shahdara’ on the complaint of a local citizen, Badar Rasheed. PML-N’s vice-President, Maryam Nawaz, former prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Former federal ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Pervez Rasheed, Khawaja, and Rana Sanaullah were also named in the case.

The federal government was neither on board nor had any information about the treason cases being registered against the Sharif family, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary said in Hard Talk Pakistan with Dr. Moeed Pirzada aired by the 92 News channel.

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