Maryam, Maulana Fazl address press conference after Safdar’s arrest

KARACHI: Maryam Nawaz Sharif and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman are addressing a press conference in Karachi in the aftermath of Captain Safdar’s arrest.

“Police broke my room door at the hotel I was staying at in Karachi and arrested Capt Safdar,” Maryam had said via tweet early morning. According to her, she was sleeping when the police allegedly “barged in”.

Rehman said the manner in which the arrest was carried out was shameful. “Is this the respect for a woman in our society?”

“This is a government of force, of oppression which does not consider itself bound to the law and the Constitution,” said Rehman alongside Maryam.

He said after only two public meetings by the opposition, the PTI-led government appears unnerved. “Their [PTI] days are numbered.”

Early Monday morning, Captain Safdar was taken into custody by the police. According to Maryam, she was sleeping when the police allegedly “barged” into her and Safdar’s hotel room.

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. 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.

Workers and supporters of PML-N accorded a historic welcome to Maryam Nawaz when she arrived in the metropolis on Sunday afternoon to attend PDM’s second power show.

At the public meeting, she called Prime Minister Imran Khan a “coward” and accused him of using the armed forces for his face-saving and declaring opponents as traitors only to save his skin and hide incompetence.

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