Violent clashes have broken out in Karachi and civil war like situation has erupted over reports of Sindh Police Chief being kidnapped by Pakistan Army soldiers in order to put pressure on Karachi police to arrest Safdar Awan, son-in-law of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Taking note of the turn of events, Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has ordered an immediate inquiry into the “Karachi incident” and directed Karachi Corps Commander to “immediately inquire into the circumstances to determine the facts and report back as soon as possible”, according an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.
BREAKING : Civil war in Pakistan. Reported clashes between Karachi Police & Pak Army pic.twitter.com/tQsUWPx5pa
— The International Herald (@TheIntlHerald) October 20, 2020
According to The International Herald, 10 Karachi police officers were killed in clashes that broke out in the financial capital of Pakistan. It also claimed that a ‘civil war’ has broken out following the violent clashes between police and the Army.
The development comes a day after Mohammad Safdar was briefly arrested after opposition parties held a rally protesting the Imran Khan administration. PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had also called on Gen Bajwa and DG ISI Lt Gen Faiz Hameed to investigate the circumstances surrounding Safdar’s arrest.
KARACHI, October 20: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called the Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party @BBhuttoZardari over the telephone to discuss the Karachi incident this evening.
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) October 20, 2020
According to The Dawn, following Safdar’s arrest, a purported voice message by PML-N leader and former Sindh governor Muhammad Zubair was shared by a scribe in which Zubair alleged that police chief was kidnapped and forced to register FIR against Maryam, her husband Safdar and 200 others.
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) October 20, 2020
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz also tweeted her appreciation for the Sindh police.
It’s heartening to see civilians breaking shackles of fear, standing up for supremacy of constitution & reclaiming their long lost rights. The conspiracy & conspirators stand badly exposed. Thank you @BBhuttoZardari for your support & clear stance. Pakistan has changed 🇵🇰
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) October 20, 2020
Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif too lambasted the Imran Khan administration over the Karachi kidnapping episode.
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) October 20, 2020
Meanwhile, at least three people were killed and 15 injured in an explosion in a multi-storey building near Maskan Chowrangi in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal area on Wednesday morning. The nature of the blast has not been ascertained yet though reports suggest it could be a cylinder blast.