Hours after the arrest of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz on Monday said he was arrested for insulting Pakistan and its people.
“Forget about who arrested him, focus on the crime he committed, the reason for his arrest,” he said speaking at the Peshwar Press Club.
The federal minister insisted that his arrest had nothing to do with politics, adding that enemies are always trying to conspire against the country.
“How can we discredit the institution that guarantees national defence?” Shibli Faraz questioned.
He said the judiciary is playing a positive role and everyone must abide by the law.
“Nawaz Sharif is ill here and perfectly healthy when he goes abroad? We will arrest him and put him behind the bars,” the minister remarked, adding that everyone must be held accountable.
“The opposition was in power for 40 years. If these people do not answer, then why should anyone else?”
He further added that Prime Minister Imran Khan is a sincere leader and will take the country forward.
Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said the arrest was a manifestation of upholding law and order.
“No one will be allowed to violate the sanctity of the Quaid’s mausoleum,” he said.
Earlier today, Sindh Police arrested captain Safdar from his hotel room in Karachi.
The arrest comes in response to a case filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf local MPAs against Maryam Nawaz, Captain (retd) Safdar and other PML-N leaders for violating the sanctity of the Quaid’s mausoleum.
Maryam Nawaz shared a video on her Twitter account claiming that the police had forcefully entered her hotel room and arrested her husband.