Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday announced the formation of a inquiry committee to probe the arrest of PML-N leader Capt (retd) Safdar Awan from a hotel in Karachi a day earlier.
Acting on a case filed by ruling PTI’s local MPAs, On October 19, Sindh Police arrested Safdar for chanting slogans of ‘vote ko izzat do’ [respect the vote] and ‘Māder-e Millat Zindabad’ [long live Mother of the Nation] at Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum and for allegedly threatening to kill someone. Maryam Nawaz and other PMLN leaders were also named in the case but no other arrest was made.
While stating the incident at Mazar-e-Quaid as “something which should not have happened”, CM Sindh maintained that PTI’s leadership has desecrated the shrine many times as well.
“I am not saying that the case was wrong, this is my own opinion, and that is for the court to decide. I cannot give a verdict here as it would compromise the inquiry.”, Said Murad Ali Shah. These comments were interesting as he said this while forming a committee to probe the arrest. Question remains, if court is to decide if the case was correct or not, why to form a committee to begin with?
Describing the constitution of committee, Mr. Shah proposed that three to five ministers would be part of the investigation committee and will present the findings to the [federal] government to ensure action can be taken and the people appraised of the facts of the situation.
Murad said the matter would also be raised in the Sindh Assembly.