IHC orders to produce Shireen Mazari at 11:30pm, explain ‘why her rights were violated’

CM Punjab orders Shireen Mazari’s release after she was 'violently whisked away' by police

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Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the interior secretary to produce PTI leader Shireen Mazari before the court at 11:30pm tonight, hours after she was manhandled and arrested from outside her residence in Islamabad by police officials.

The IHC reopened outside its usual working hours after Mazari’s daughter Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir filed a petition against her mother’s arrest.

In a three-page court order, available with Dawn.com, the high court said that when it has already given orders that no MNA can be arrested without the permission of the Speaker of the National Assembly, and since Mazari is still an MNA on account of not having been de-notified form her seat, then “under what authority of law the fundamental rights of Dr Shireen Mazari were violated?”.

The IHC issued directives for the interior secretary and also summoned Islamabad Inspector General of Police Dr Akbar Nasir Khan and Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon.

The court said that its order should also be sent to Islamabad Advocate General Barrister Jahangir Khan Jadoon and Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali.

Earlier today, Mazari’s daughter, in a tweet, claimed Mazari was “beaten and taken away by male police officers”, adding: “All I have been told is that Anti-Corruption Wing Lahore has taken her.”

Officials of the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) confirmed to Dawn.com that Mazari had been taken into custody.

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