ISI, SUSPENDED BY RANGERS OFFICIALS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SINDH IG INCIDENT- ISPRR
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) declared the suspension of officers associated with the ‘abduction’ of the Inspector-General of Sindh in the wake of the arrest of CaptSafdar in Karachi on the morning of October 19.
The military media wing reported in a statement released on Tuesday that the decision to delete them was made based on the Court of Inquiry findings. For further departmental proceedings and disposal at GHQ, the officers will be suspended from their current assignments.
The inquiry, carried out on the orders of Chief of Army Staff Gen QamarJavedBajwa, concerning the issue of redressing the grievances of IG Sindh in the context of the Karachi incident on October 18, 2020, was completed, the statement read.
“The Court of Inquiry establishes that officials from Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) and ISI area central command Karachi were considerably seized with the drop out of Mazar-e-Quaid’s despoiling on night 18/19 Oct. They were under increasing public pressure to ensure timely action in compliance with the law,” adds the statement of the ISPR.
Assessing the police authorities’ response to this emerging but volatile situation to be sluggish and wanting, the ISI / Rangers officers concerned decided to behave, rather than zealously, in a charged environment. They were indeed experienced enough to act more prudently and avoided creating an unjustified situation that confused the two-state institutes.
About the arrest
On the 19th Oct. morning, the Sindh Police captured Captain Safdar, the son-in-law of previous Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, from his Karachi lodging.
The capture came because of a case documented by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf nearby MPAs against Maryam Nawaz, Captain (retd) Safdar, and other PML-N pioneers upon the arrival of the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) power show in Karachi on October 18, for penetrating the holiness of the Quaid sepulcher.
In the events following the detention, after the news that Sindh IG Mushtaq Mahar ordered CaptSardar’s arrest ‘under pressure’ began making the rounds, the PML-N and PPP sought an explanation and an investigation. The Sindh chief minister also directed an inquiry into the matter.
Following a press conference with the Sindh chief minister, Bilawal later announced that the top officers of the Sindh police, including IGP Mushataq Mahar, had agreed to go on a two-month leave for “ridicule and mishandling.”
Bilawal had said without identifying anyone, “Top officers of the Sindh police are going on leave not because they were harassed by the Sindh government but on the other side.”
Terming as “shameful” the manner in which Safdar was arrested, Bilawal said he did not condemn it sufficiently. “He said,” I’m embarrassed [and] unable to show my face about what took place in my province.
The PPP leader said, “Harassing them (Maryam and Safdar) early in the morning and arresting Safdar is an insult to the people of Sindh who invited Maryam Sahiba and the N-League delegation to attend the PDM Jalsa.”
The head of the PPP said the object of his press conference was to express solidarity with the police in Sindh in order to boost their morale. “We can also launch an inquiry, but if the army chief and the ISI chief also take action, it would be more suitable,” he added.
“At 4 in the morning, who were the people who surrounded the Sindh IGP ‘s house?” he asked.
The army chief telephoned him soon after his press conference to discuss “the Karachi incident.”