Pakistan: Senior PTI leader Shireen Mazari arrested in land dispute case

Islamabad, Pakistan Updated: May 22, 2022, 07:00 PM(IST)

Another political drama that is unfolding in the country after nearly about a month of the midnight session that led to the ouster of the PTI chief and the former PM Imran Khan from the country's top job, the Islamabad high court reconvened on Saturday for another midnight session and this time it was to take action against the PTI leader Shireen Mazari's arrest.

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Pakistan-based media outlets also aired footage of Shireen's arrest where she could be heard protesting when Pakistan female police officers dragged her out of a car 

Shireen Mazari, who is Pakistan's former human rights minister, was arrested on Saturday (May 21) by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Punjab and Islamabad police over a decades-old land grabbing allegation. 

The senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader, who served as the Federal Minister for Human Rights from 20 August 2018 to 10 April 2022, was arrested on the orders of Punjab CM Hamza Shahbaz, media reports said. 

Her daughter Imaan Mazari informed in a tweet that her mother was detained by police near her Islamabad home. "Male police have beaten and taken my mother away and I have been told that anti-corruption wing of Lahore has arrested her," she said. 

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Pakistan-based ARYnews reported that she did not appear in front of authorities in a case that was registered in DG Khan over a 129-acre land dispute. Meanwhile, the Islamabad Police in its statement said that Mazari was booked in the same property case. 

Pakistan-based media outlets also aired footage of Shireen's arrest where she could be heard protesting when Pakistan female police officers dragged her out of a car. 

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Mazari tweeted: "I want to thank everyone who supported me when I was picked up illegally, dragged out of the car with no warrant. My cell was snatched! My driver was blindfolded & beaten up. I was being driven on the Motorway to some place in Punjab! Thankfully I am back home safe with my family." 

While speaking to Geo TV, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry also alleged that Mazari was manhandled during the arrest. 

Later, Hamza Shahbaz said that he issued orders to the Rawalpindi police to release Shireen Mazari ."I have directed the Rawalpindi police to release Shireen Mazari," Hamza Shahbaz said as quoted by news agencies. 

(With inputs from agencies) 

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