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Bilawal welcomes, Nawaz rejects Army inquiry report on ‘Karachi incident’

Karachi incident

PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif has “rejected” the findings of the ‘Karachi incident’ while his PDM ally PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has welcomed the inquiry report of the probe carried out on the instructions of the army chief.

“Inquiry report on Karachi incident is a cover-up scapegoating juniors & shielding the real culprits. Report ‘Rejected’,” Nawaz Sharif said in a tweet from his official handle on Tuesday.

The Pakistan Army earlier today announced the findings of the inquiry and notified the removal of its officials involved in interfering into the affairs of the Sindh police.

ISI, Sindh Rangers officers involved in Karachi incident removed after inquiry: ISPR

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) an investigation into Sindh Police Chief Mushtaq Mahar’s ‘grievances’ has been completed against the backdrop of processing a case against PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (R) Safdar.

The ISPR released statement that the investigation was completed on the orders of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The officers involved in the case were removed from these posts in light of court inquiry.

“Court of Inquiry on the orders of COAS pertaining to the issue of redress of Inspector General Police Sindh’s grievances, in the backdrop of 18 Oct 2020 Karachi incident, has been completed,” read a statement issued by the ISPR.

“The Court of Inquiry has established that on night 18 / 19 Oct officers from Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) and ISI sector Headquarters Karachi were considerably seized with the fall out of desecration of Mazar-e-Quaid,” it said.

“They were under increasing public pressure to ensure prompt action as per the law. Assessing the response of police authorities against this developing yet volatile situation to be slow and wanting, in a charged environment, the concerned ISI / Rangers officers decided to act, rather over zealously.”

“They were indeed experienced enough to have acted more prudently and could have avoided creating an unwarranted situation that led to misunderstanding between the two state institutions.”

The Army media wing said that in the light of inquiry it has been decided to remove the officers concerned from their assignments for more proceedings and removal at the GHQ.

On October 20, the Sindh police Chief and other senior officials of the department decided to go on leave in a protest over mistreatment and mockery of the Sindh Police officials connecting to the detention of PML-N politician Captain (R) Safdar Awan after he desecrated of Mazar-e-Quaid.

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