Karachi: PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said that her husband and former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law, retired Captain Mohammad Safdar had been arrested from a hotel in Karachi.
“Police broke my room door at the hotel I was staying at in Karachi and arrested Capt Safdar,” said Maryam, who addressed a large anti-government rally in the port city on Oct 18.
She said she was asleep when the police “barged in” her hotel room where he was staying with her husband.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) minister Ali Zaidi, however, refuted her claim, saying “Maryam (is) once again lying that the hotel door was broken.” Safdar, who is being kept at the Aziz Bhatti police station, was arrested a day after he raised slogans at the Quaid’s (Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah) mausoleum before the second rally of Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) – an alliance of 11 opposition parties.
The arrest comes after a first information report (FIR) was registered against Maryam, Safdar and 200 others for violating the sanctity of the Quaid’s mausoleum, Dawn news reported.
The complainant, Waqas Ahmed, alleged that the PML-N leaders, along with 200 of their followers, reached the Quaid’s grave where Safdar jumped over the grill surrounding it.
The complainant said that he tried to stop him from doing so but Safdar “got out of control” and started threatening him and his fellows that he would kill them, according to the report.