Army kidnapped Sindh Police Chief, ‘Civil War’ Situation in Pakistan

Rebels against the army and the Imran government in Pakistan are becoming fierce. After the arrest of Mohammad Safdar, son-in-law of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the capital of Sindh province, Karachi, there has been a situation of ‘civil war’. The Sindh police have tweeted and alleged that the Pakistan Rangers soldiers kidnapped the Sindh police chief to issue the arrest order of Safdar.

Meanwhile, The International Herald reported on Twitter that firing also took place between the Sindh police and the Pakistan Army during which 10 police officers from Karachi were killed. However, Pakistan’s leading newspaper Dawn has not given any such news.

The Sindh Police has tweeted that on the night of 18/19 October, army personnel forcefully picked up IG Sindh from home and were also forced to sign Mohammad Safdar’s arrest order. The police have tweeted and said that the Sindh police are deeply hurt by this behavior while the IG has decided to go on an indefinite leave to register a protest.

Following this tweet, Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the arrest of Muhammad Safdar, son-in-law of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Safdar was arrested from his hotel room in Karachi on Monday. The statement, however, did not clarify what incident he asked to be investigated, but, before this, Pakistan People’s Party President Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had demanded the administration to investigate the incidents related to Safdar’s arrest.

Safdar and his wife PML-Nawaz vice-president Maryam Nawaz came to Karachi to participate in the rally of Pakistan Democratic Movement. Meanwhile, Safdar was arrested from his hotel room. However, he was soon released on bail.

Bilawal had told reporters that all the top officials of the Sindh police were surprised as to who were the people who surrounded the police chief’s house and took him to an undisclosed location before Safdar’s arrest. Please tell that the Pakistani newspaper International Herald also claimed in a report that a civil war-like situation had developed in Karachi on the night of 18/19 October.

Activists of the newly-formed Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an opposition alliance of 11 parties, gather during the first public rally in the eastern city of Gujranwala on October 16, 2020.

According to this report, 20 police personnel were killed in firing at several places between the Pakistani Army and Sindh Police. Safdar was arrested after this. Significantly, a case has been registered against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz vice-president Maryam Nawaz and more than two thousand party workers for organizing an anti-government rally by the Pakistan Democratic Movement, a coalition of 11 opposition parties. In this rally held on October 16, Maryam publicly called Prime Minister Imran Khan a coward, a nominee and a puppet.

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