Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Pakistani court orders probe into the arrest of former minister Shireen Mazari

A court in Pakistan’s capital has ordered an inquiry into the controversial arrest of a former human rights minister over a decades-old land dispute.

Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah late Saturday night ordered an inquiry in response to a petition by the daughter of former minister Shireen Mazari.

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Minallah questioned the decision by the authorities in Islamabad to allow police from the Punjab provincial district to make arrests in the capital.

Mazari, who served in a cabinet-level position under former prime minister Imran Khan, was detained by the police near his Islamabad home earlier in the day.

Former information minister in Khan’s administration Fawad Chaudhry alleged that Mazari – a senior leader of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party – was politically targeted by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s new administration under the guise of a land dispute. 1972.

Hours after Mazari’s arrest, Punjab province’s Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz ordered his release and was brought to an Islamabad court for urgent hearing late Saturday. After that he was released.

Mazari has been criticizing Sharif’s government on Twitter since the Khan government was toppled in a no-confidence motion in parliament last month. MPs from Khan’s party resigned from the body’s lower house in protest and are mobilizing supporters through public rallies across the country to pressure the Khan government for early elections.

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