Social media responded in mixed ways to the news regarding the arrest of Captain (retd) Safdar Awan—the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader.
Some people were speechless by the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) on time action and took digs at the PML-N leader. On the other side, some other including many of the PML-N supporters sent love for the son-in-law of the ex-prime minister of Pakistan—Nawaz Sharif.
Captain Safdar—the husband of Maryam Nawaz was arrested in accordance with the accountability court’s verdict in the Avenfield reference. He was arrested after he finished his address to his supporters in Rawalpindi earlier on Sunday.
The PML-N supporters on Twitter showed their reactions of displeasure as the protest rally was not covered significantly by the mainstream media.
— Sidrah Memon (@SidrahMemon1) July 8, 2018
The most viral video clip on Twitter during the complete episode was of Safdar addressing the rally and declaring himself a political prisoner, who is going to jail for safeguarding the finality of the Prophethood (PBUH).
Political prisoner Captain Safdar explains real reason for his conviction pic.twitter.com/kICZC89yam
— Fasi Zaka (@fasi_zaka) July 8, 2018
The official account of PML-N also posted the clip-on Twitter however, it was later deleted as that was not the actual reason for Safdar to go to jail as per the judgement of the accountability court.
A Twitter user was able to screenshot the post before it was deleted.
PMLN deleted the tweet after realizing that Captain Safdar is not getting arrested for 'Namoos-e-Risalat' but for signing forged documents as witness. CUTE! pic.twitter.com/scdM8ArYw6
— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) July 8, 2018
The excessive support that the public showed to the husband of Maryam Nawaz on social media took everyone by surprise.
Amazing support got captain Safdar in pindi today but nawaz Sharif lovers but media was told to run fake news to demoralise supporters of nawaz Sharif. Stay strong and carry on PMLN voters. Let’s work harder for a strong democratic Pakistan under the leadership of nawaz Sharif pic.twitter.com/NmeXJ86bn5
— Rabia Baluch (@RabiaBaluch) July 8, 2018
A social media user termed Safdar as “shameless” for portraying himself as a “martyr”.
— Seema Sirhindi (@SeemaSirhindi) July 8, 2018
Another user inquired that whether Safdar would still be captured if he was a retired army general and not a captain.
If Captain Safdar were General Safdar would this be happening?
Question of the day re #GE2018
— Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi (@Ali_Abbas_Zaidi) July 8, 2018
Social media users also enjoyed when they spotted Shahbaz Sharif tweeting about Pakistan’s victory over Australia in mid of the arrest of Safdar.
LMAO. While Captain Safdar was getting arrested, Shahbaz Sharif was tweeting about cricket.
Reminds me of Sachin how he was tweeting about Tennis the day Pakistan beat India in Champions trophy finals. 😂😂 https://t.co/RKH0yGtLIP
— Farrukh Abbas (@Farrukh_Abbas12) July 8, 2018
Another PML-N supporter also hinted at the kind of crowd there would be when Nawaz Sharif would land.
Thousands out on Pindi Roads along with Captain Safdar .. Unprecedented .. While Coward and sold out Media don't have the courage to show the visuals .. Just imagine Mian Sb landing in Lahore?
— Faisal Ranjha (@ranjha001) July 8, 2018
Another user criticized the Avenfield verdict for granting only a year’s jail imprisonment owing to his former association with the nation’s military.
"My husband, Safdar, is an Ex Army Captain. Thats why he was sentenced to only 1 year jail and not even fined." Maryam Nawaz#AvenfieldReference
— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) July 6, 2018
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