Pakistan’s army chief has ordered an inquiry into the allegations that he fired a provincial police chief and pressured him to arrest the son-in-law of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A Pakistan Army statement said on Tuesday night that the commander of the Karachi Corporation was instructed to investigate the incident and submit a report as soon as possible. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports.
Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Safdar Khan was arrested on Monday following a nationwide protest against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was granted bail in a few hours.
Pakistani opposition groups allege that paramilitary forces kidnapped Sindh’s police chief Mushtaq Mehr following protests last Sunday. Safdar Khan was forced to be arrested.
About 50 senior officers of Sindh Provincial Police, including Mushtaq Mehar, applied for leave on Tuesday after Monday’s incident. However, after the army ordered an inquiry into the incident, provincial police officials said on Wednesday that the leave application of senior officers had been put on hold for ten days. Police officials said they would wait for the investigation report at that time.