Shah Mahmood Qureshi Re-Arrested Outside Adiala Jail
PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, recently granted bail in the cipher case by the Supreme Court, was apprehended outside Adiala jail on Wednesday.
Television footage and party-shared content on social media depicted Qureshi vehemently protesting the “illegality” of the police’s actions as he was forcibly placed into an armored police vehicle by an official donning the Punjab police uniform.
In a post on X, PTI stated that Qureshi, released on bail in the cipher case, was again arrested outside Adiala jail, and the Rawalpindi DC’s order for his 15-day detention, issued the previous day, had been withdrawn.
گزشتہ ہفتے سپریم کورٹ کے فیصلے کے بعد اڈیالہ جیل سے ضمانت پر رہائی پر وائس چیئرمین شاہ محمود قریشی کو پولیس نے دوبارہ گرفتار کر لیا۔ اس سے قبل راولپنڈی کے ڈپٹی کمشنر نے MPO کے تحت جاری کیا گیا نظر بندی کا حکم نامہ واپس لے لیا تھا۔
پاکستان کے لیے بے مثال خدمات کے حامل شخصیت جو کہ… pic.twitter.com/IEgnAIcVXu
— PTI (@PTIofficial) December 27, 2023
While being taken away by the police, Qureshi asserted that his arrest was illegal, accusing the police of flouting the Supreme Court’s orders and exemplifying the peak of cruelty and injustice.
“They are arresting me again in a false case,” he stated. “I represented the nation, I am innocent, and I am being targeted for political revenge without any reason.”
On Friday, the Supreme Court had granted bail to former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his close aide Qureshi in the cipher case, instructing them to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million each. Qureshi’s daughter had expressed expectation for her father’s release as his arrest was not required in any other case.
On the day of Qureshi’s family arriving at Adiala jail to pay his surety bond, it was revealed that Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner Hassan Waqar Cheema had issued a 15-day detention order for the former foreign minister under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).
Section 3 of MPO empowers the government to arrest and detain suspected persons with the aim of preventing actions prejudicial to public safety or the maintenance of public order. The government can extend the period of such detention, not exceeding six months at a time, if deemed necessary for the reasons mentioned.