KARACHI: IG Sindh Police Mushtaq Mehar and other officers have decided to set aside their leave applications for ten days citing larger national interest, after reported assurances given by the political leadership of Sindh and Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa regarding investigation in ‘Karachi incident.’
Karachi incident, it may be mentioned here, covers events that took place from the afternoon of Oct 18 till the morning of Oct 19, during which Capt (R) Safdar, husband of PMLN leader Maryam Nawaz, chanted slogans at the grave of Mazar-e-Quaid and asked others to follow the same, a clear violation of prescribed rules and laws regarding the sanctity of the Quaid’s Mazar.
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The next morning, Capt (R) Safdar was arrested by Karachi Police, after which an Islamabad based journalist Hamid Mir claimed in his tweet that the IG Sindh was kidnapped by Rangers at around 4 O Clock in the morning, taken to Sector Commander’s office, where he was forced to issue orders of Capt (R) Safdar’s arrest.
In the meanwhile, the twitter handle of Sindh Police posted tweet call the arrest of Capt (R) Safdar as per law, but deleted the same for unknown reason. Then the same account posted another tweet owing the action and promising impartial investigation.
It took more than 30 hours for Sindh government and the police to respond to such reports, after which CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah appeared in a presser and promised ministerial investigation. Moments later, PPP leader Bilawal called a press conference and demanded of the Army Chief and DG ISI to conduct probe about ‘Karachi incident’.
The statement from Sindh Police came late last night after Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah reached the residence of IG Sindh Muhstaq Mehar where the provincial leadership expressed solidarity with the police force.
The statement issued by the Sindh Police reads : “The unfortunate incident that occurred on the night of 18/19 October caused great heartache and resentment within all ranks of Sindh Police. As a result, IG Sindh decided to proceed on leave and subsequently all ranks decided that they would also apply for leave to protest the humiliation meted out to Sindh police. This was a spontaneous and heartfelt reaction and made on an individual rather than a collective basis, because every single member of the department felt an acute sense of disrespect.
Sindh police is immensely grateful to the Army Chief for realizing the sense of hurt that prevailed within a uniformed force, and for promptly ordering an inquiry into the matter, which he has also assured will be impartial in order to restore the prestige of Sindh Police. Sindh Police is also grateful to the chairman of the PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the honourable CM Sindh for coming to the IG House and showing solidarity with the police leadership.
Sindh police has always been a disciplined force which believes in institutional harmony between all key national institutions and has always been cognizant of its responsibility to serve and protect the citizens of this province and thus, keeping this in mind, IG Sindh has decided to defer his own leave and ordered his officers to set aside their leave applications for ten days in the larger national interest. pending the conclusion of the inquiry.