Saturday, August 13, 2022

I Was Tortured And Forced Out Of The Car: Shirin Mazari

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered immediate release of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shirin Mazari and a judicial inquiry into the incident.

At the beginning of the hearing of the case, Chief Justice Athar Minallah questioned Shirin Mazari. You have come “I want to tell the court what happened to me,” he said.

“I was beaten and forcibly taken out of the car. My car was stopped by uniformed female police officers. They took me into custody and took me to the motorway,” he said.

He further said that I was taken to Klarkahar and brought back. I kept saying that I should be shown the arrest warrant. I was dragged by the male police officers. I still have pain in my shoulders.

Shirin Mazari told the court that my phone was snatched and has not been returned yet. I can recognize those officials who are here to punish them.

The Chief Justice remarked that such incidents occur when the law is not observed. He asked IG Islamabad how this incident took place, who should be held responsible for this incident by the court?

He inquired as to how a member of the National Assembly could be arrested without the permission of the Speaker. Someone came from another province and took action here. The court held that someone was responsible in this case. Unfortunately, no government has taken any action on enforced disappearances.

The Chief Justice said that such incidents would happen when the Constitution was not respected.

IG Islamabad told the court that I took charge today. This incident had already taken place. On the occasion, the Additional Attorney General said that the federal government was not aware of the incident.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah said that how could it be that no one knew how Shireen Mazari was raised?

On this occasion, the Advocate General said that we are grateful to the court that the court held a hearing this afternoon, the political party will now have to accept that the court is present at night for constitutional protection.

The Chief Justice said that there is a constitutional court which is for all. The court has been witnessing such incidents in the past as well. Should the court issue contempt of court notice to the Chief Commissioner? Matiullah Jan’s case has not been investigated till date. This court will not tolerate all this in its jurisdiction. Who will investigate this matter and submit a report?

Advocate Zainab Mazari, daughter of Shirin Mazari, said that the entire administration is responsible in this matter, the court should order a judicial inquiry into this matter.

On the occasion, Additional Attorney General Jahangir Jadoon told the court that the Chief Minister had ordered the release of Shirin Mazari as soon as he came to know about it.

The Chief Justice remarked that when an institution makes a formal arrest, who can order the release? Was the Speaker of the National Assembly informed before the arrest of Shirin Mazari?

Advocate General Islamabad said that ask Shirin Mazari if he is now a member of National Assembly. On which the Chief Justice said that he is a member of the Assembly till he is not notified. When the court saw the application, it was apparently an illegal act. Unfortunately, in the past also members of Parliament have been arrested. Some members of parliament are still in custody.

It may be recalled that Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah had ordered to produce Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shirin Mazari in the court tonight at 11:30 pm.

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