Karachi: Outrage erupted across Pakistan today as footage emerged of PTI Vice Chairman and former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi being manhandled and re-arrested by police outside Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi. The shocking incident, which follows Qureshi’s recent release on bail in the “cipher case”, has sparked accusations of political persecution and disregard for due process.
Video shared by PTI supporters on social media shows Qureshi, dressed in a shalwar kameez and cardigan, attempting to address a gathering of police officers while still inside the jail compound. However, a uniformed official forcefully pushes him towards the gate and an armored police vehicle, ignoring his objections. Qureshi can be heard protesting, “Look at this! What is this? They are making a mockery of the Supreme Court’s orders!”
The details surrounding Qureshi’s re-arrest remain unclear. Authorities have yet to disclose the charges against him or the reason for his detention. This lack of transparency has fueled speculation and criticism from across the political spectrum.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan condemned the incident as an “act of thuggery” and a “direct attack on democracy.” He urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take immediate notice and ensure Qureshi’s rights are upheld. Other opposition leaders also expressed outrage, with some comparing the event to “political kidnapping.”
Human rights groups and lawyers raise concerns about due process and Qureshi’s rights
Meanwhile, human rights groups and lawyers condemned the use of force against Qureshi, highlighting his status as a senior politician and the potential violation of his fundamental rights. The Sindh Bar Council announced its intention to take legal action against the responsible officers.
The re-arrest of Qureshi comes amidst heightened political tension in Pakistan, with general elections slated for later this year. The PTI has been accusing the incumbent government of suppressing dissent and targeting its opponents through politically motivated cases. This latest development is likely to further escalate tensions and raise concerns about the fairness and transparency of the upcoming polls.
As the situation unfolds, Pakistanis await official clarification from the authorities and further legal action regarding Qureshi’s detention. The incident, however, has already left a deep mark on the national political landscape and raised serious questions about the rule of law and the future of democracy in the country.