The Pakistan government and the army are facing a dilemma over the recent ‘Karachi incident’. A major crisis erupted in the country when police in Sindh province, during Awan’s arrest, launched a determined fight against the best soldier to “kidnap” Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mehr.
The Home Ministry has been accused of publicizing the arrest of Safdar Awan and kidnapping Mushtaq Mehr as a Ranger, a paramilitary federal law enforcement agency operating directly under the authority of Pakistan’s Home Secretary. Does.
Sources said the move to force the Sindh IGP to register an FIR against Safdar and PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz could be the brainchild of Home Minister Ijaz Shah, who also controls the Rangers.
“No political leader in a democratic system can be allowed to target national institutions in the name of freedom of expression,” Shah was quoted as saying by News International.
Talking to a private news channel, he said action should be taken against PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif for his anti-state remarks.
Shah, a former Services Intelligence (ISI) operator in Pakistan who is often criticized for his policies and support for terrorists, may have thought that his move would create a rift between the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). .
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan The government seems to have been shaken by the anti-government rally in Karachi where political parties under the banner of the United Opposition Alliance-Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) staged protests against the “puppet” government. Thousands rallied in Karachi.
After the rally, Maryam’s husband Safdar Awan was arrested from his hotel room. Safdar has now been released on bail.
Almost all the Sindh police officers had applied for leave in protest of the insult meted out to Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mehr.
PML-N leader and spokesperson for Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz and former Sindh governor Mohammad Zubair said the IGP Sindh was “kidnapped” by Rangers which forced him to lodge an FIR for Safdar’s arrest.
Brigadier Shah, who was appointed Home Minister by Prime Minister Imran Khan in 2018, has been a controversial figure in Pakistan.
Former Prime Minister and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto in a letter named Shah as the person who should be investigated if he was killed. Following his assassination, the PPP accused Brigadier General Shah of having links to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, The News International reported.
Even after Shah’s ouster, he remained a trusted ally of former Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf. General Musharraf had nominated Shah as High Commissioner to Australia, but Canberra refused to accept his nomination, forcing the government to withdraw.