Captain(r) Safdar released on bail hours after arrest from Karachi hotel

Captain(r) Safdar released on bail hours after arrest from Karachi hotel

Karachi (Web Desk): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and son-in-law of former premier Nawaz Sharif, Capt (r) Safadar was granted bail on Monday by a judicial magistrate in Karachi against surety bonds of Rs100,000.

Maryam Nawaz had also announced the development while addressing a press conference along with Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) president and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F chief) Maulana Fazlur Rehman and former premier and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Raja Pervez Ashraf.

"Mariyum Aurangzeb has just informed me that retired Captain Safdar has been released on bail," she said.
Safdar was arrested from a hotel in Karachi where he was staying after attending the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally.

Maryam Nawaz had tweeted that police broke the door of the hotel room and arrested Captain (r) Sadar.

The arrest comes in wake of the case filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Karachi local MPAs against Maryam Nawaz, Captain (retd) Safdar, and other PML-N leaders for violating the sanctity of the Quaid's Mazar.

The arrest of the PML-N leader was made under Quaid-e-Azam Mazar Protection and Maintainance Ordinance 1971.
Maryam also shared a video on her Twitter account claiming that the police had forcefully entered her hotel room to arrest her husband.

Lawmakers and leaders of PTI had approached the police officials on Sunday for the registration of a case against PML-N leadership, accusing the latter of violating the sanctity of the Quaid's mausoleum.

PTI Sindh leaders including MPAs Raja Azhar Khan, Haleem Adil Sheikh, and others from the party submitted an application at the Brigade police station, asking the police to register a case against PML-N's Maryam Nawaz, Captain Safdar, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ali Akbar Gujjar, and approximately 200 others.

As per the application, the PTI leaders accused the latter of violating the mausoleum's sanctity by crossing the metal barrier encircling Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's grave and shouting slogans that "disrespected" the site and "hurt the sentiments" of the people.

The application further stated that the incident, occurring around 5:30 pm, was broadcast by domestic and foreign media outlets.

The complainants also claimed that this act prompted angry citizens to take to the streets, but law enforcement officials were prevented from taking action. It added that interference in the government's course of action was a grave crime.

The petition, signed by MPA Khan, sought legal proceedings against the accused.

On Wednesday Maryam Nawaz along with the senior leadership and a large number of workers went inside the hallway in Quaid's mausoleum to offer fateha and lay a floral wreath.

As per the tradition, verses from the Holy Quran were recited by a qari and Maryam and a few others offered fateha inside the grilled premises.

As soon as the fateha ended, PML-N workers who were standing outside that iron grill in the same hall, shouted slogans in favour of Maryam. Capt Safdar signalled them, apparently to stop them from raising that particular slogan at the grave of Quaid-i-Azam, and started chanting vote ko izzat do slogan that too was against the protocol of the mausoleum.

The scene lasted a couple of minutes and Maryam along with others left the premises.