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Sindh Police Humiliation After Safdar’s Arrest: Senior Officers Seek Leave

-- IG Mushtaq Mahar goes on leave; Add IG Special Branch applies two-month leave

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By Our Web Desk

After strongly realizing that the Sindh police was ‘pressurised’ and ‘humiliated’ to register a case against PML-N leader retired Capt Safdar in Karachi, over a dozen high ranking officers of the Sindh Police have reportedly requested Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Mahar for a 60-day leave.

Mr Mahar also reportedly went on leave, a news channel quoted him as saying.

Several senior officers, including the IG Sindh have decided to go on leave. Other officers also include the Additional Inspector General (AIG) Karachi, the AIG Special Branch and several Deputy Inspector Generals (DIG) of police.

It is learnt reliably that senior officers including IG Mushtaq Mahar and AIG Imran Yaqoob Minhas were mistreated by a law-enforcement agency officials.

An application signed by AIG Special Branch Imran Yaqoob, making rounds on social media, says that he submitted the request for leave after the police high command was “ridiculed and mishandled” leading to the demoralisation of all ranks of the Sindh Police.

“In such a stressful situation it is quite difficult for me to discharge my duty in professional manner,” said AIG Imran.

He added that he needed 60-day earned leaves to “come out of the shock and settle down”.

All officers say if their request is not entertained then they will refuse to show up to their postings.

“I am going on leave for 15 days,” the Sindh IG told a news channel on Tuesday. He, however, didn’t comment on the reason behind him going on leave.

Similarly, AIG Special Branch Imran Yaqoob Minhas has also applied for a two-month leave. In his application, the police official wrote that the police high command has been “ridiculed” following the arrest of Captain (r) Safdar in Karachi.

“In such a stressful situation, it is quite difficult for me to discharge my duty in a professional manner,” wrote AIG Minhas. “In order to come out of this shock and settle down I may kindly be granted 60 days earned leave w.e.f 25-10-2020.”

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz’s husband was arrested in Karachi under charges of sloganeering at the Quaid’s mausoleum and criminal intimidation, and public mischief. The case was registered at the Brigade police station. He was, however, give bail by a court in Karachi on Monday.

“The FIR registered against Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar Awan was based on a lie,” Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said in a press conference Tuesday morning.

The Sindh government has formed a ministerial committee for an inquiry into the arrest of Safdar, the chief minister announced.

The Sindh IG reportedly will not be appearing before the inquiry committee. It is being reported that IG Mahar was under immense pressure after the provincial government questioned him over the way Captain (r) Safdar was arrested in Karachi on Monday.

A day earlier, Sindh Police’s Digital Media Cell had tweeted, then deleted, then tweeted again a statement defending Captain Safdar’s arrest, saying it was done “according to the law”.

The department’s Twitter activity, which indicated that not all was well within the provincial police, had raised eyebrows.

Controversy had already been brewing over the circumstances surrounding Captain Safdar’s arrest, with PML-N representatives claiming that the police had been put under pressure to pick him up.

Representatives of the Sindh government had publicly distanced themselves from the arrest and condemned it, saying that while Captain Safdar raising slogans at the Quaid-e-Azam’s Mazar was not condonable, the arrest had been made without its knowledge.