Court orders probe into former Pakistan minister’s arrest | News

Shireen Mazari, who served beneath former PM Imran Khan, was arrested by police close to her Islamabad dwelling on Friday.

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

Chief Justice Ather Minallah of the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom late Saturday ordered the probe in response to a petition from the daughter of ex-minister Shireen Mazari.

Mazari, who served within the cabinet-level place beneath former Prime Minister Imran Khan, was arrested by police close to her Islamabad dwelling on Friday.

Minallah questioned the choice by officers in Islamabad to permit police from a Punjab provincial district to make the arrest within the capital.

Fawad Chaudhry, former data minister in Khan’s administration, alleged Mazari – the senior chief in Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf celebration – had been politically focused by the brand new administration of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif beneath the guise of a land dispute courting again to 1972.

Hours after Mazari’s arrest, Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz of Punjab province ordered her launch and late Saturday she was delivered to the Islamabad court docket for a listening to.

After she was launched, Mazari in a sequence of tweets mentioned her cell phone was taken and her driver overwhelmed and blindfolded.

“I wish to thank the Chief Justice Islamabad Excessive Courtroom for taking well timed discover. I’ve all the time opposed enforced disappearances and now I do know personally what the households of the disappeared undergo,” she mentioned.

‘Fascist regime’

Former Prime Minister Khan condemned Mazari’s arrest, accusing the Sharif-led authorities of being a “fascist regime”.

“Shireen is powerful and fearless, if the imported govt thinks it will probably coerce her by this fascism, they’ve miscalculated!” he mentioned on Twitter.


Mazari has been essential of Sharif’s authorities on social media since Khan’s authorities was toppled in a no-confidence vote in parliament final month.

Khan, 69, who led the nuclear-armed South Asian nation of 220 million individuals for 3 and a half years, had accused the USA of backing a conspiracy to take away him.

A lot of PTI’s legislators resigned from the physique’s decrease home in protest and Khan is mobilising supporters via big public rallies throughout the nation to stress the federal government into an early election.