The situation of civil war has now arisen in the country amid the controversy arising out of the arrest of Safdar Nawaz, son-in-law of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Some unconfirmed media reports in Pakistan claimed that a shootout took place between the Pak Army and the Sindh police, killing 10 policemen. However, The Dawn and other major news websites have not reported any such incidents so far.
What’s the matter ?: After a recent opposition rally against the Imran government, the army had lifted Safdar Awan, son-in-law of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, from the hotel room overnight. Safdar had left the following evening after political pressure. But former Sindh governor Mohammad Zubair has revealed that Sindh’s police chief was kidnapped by the Pakistan Army for Safdar’s arrest, for ordering him to arrest Safdar.
It is reported that after receiving news of the kidnapping of Police Chief Mushtaq Meher, several police officers filed an application to go on leave together in protest. In this, all the big officers of Sindh Police – 3 IG, 25 DIG, 30 SSP, and a dozen other SP, DSP, and SHO were included. The police department termed the incidents between October 18-19 as unfortunate and declared it to be the disrespect of the officers.
‘Will resign if not respected’: The Sindh police then said in a tweet that their quick response to the requests of the policemen to go on leave and the officers made the decision in private. Now after this incident, Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has taken cognizance of the case himself and ordered an inquiry. It has been told that the policemen have even threatened that if they are not respected, they can resign.
Claims of civil war in Karachi on social media: There have been many such posts on Twitter since Tuesday, in which there has been talked of firing between soldiers and Sindh police in Karachi. The International Herald has also posted unconfirmed photos and videos of the incident. Pakistan’s Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) has issued a statement saying that the Chief of Army Staff has asked the Karachi Corps Commander to investigate the matter immediately and instructed to apprise the incident as soon as possible.