In light of the recent events when Captain (R) Safar – Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law and Maryam Nawaz’s spouse – was arrested by the Sindh government, the Sindh Bar Council (SBC) requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed to take suo moto.
The council was shocked when they first heard the news of the abduction of Inspector General of Police (IGP), Sindh, by Rangers. According to the report, this was done just to forcefully arrest captain (R) Safdar for violating the sanctity of Quaid-e-Azam’s Mazar.
Just after this controversy, top officials of Sindh Police including IGP Mushtaq Mahar applied for leave. However, Mr. Mahar decided to deny this.
The resolution states:
The leave application tendered by dozen of senior police officers throughout Sindh citing demoralization of force due to this brazen interference in policing functions is a sign of the complete breakdown of the rule of law and undeclared martial law.
Unfortunately, the judiciary of Pakistan has remained a silent spectator in the face of their creeping martial law and indeed is widely being seen as a facilitator of elements who wish to carry out an extra-constitutional role.
The Sindh Bar Council feels that unless this trend of military interference in civil and judicial administration is immediately reversed it will permanently damage the public reputation and trust not only in the government and the judiciary of Pakistan but also in the beloved Armed Forces of Pakistan,