ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army on Tuesday announced the removal of officers involved in the ‘Karachi incident’ which preceded the arrest of PML-N leader Capt (retd) Safdar on the morning of October 19 in the port city.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the military media’s wing stated that the decision for their removal has been taken on the basis of the Court of Inquiry’s recommendations. The officers will be removed from their current assignments for further departmental proceedings and disposal at GHQ.
The inquiry, carried out on the orders of Chief Of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, pertaining to the issue of redressing IG Sindh’s grievances in the backdrop of October 18, 2020 Karachi incident has been completed, the statement read.
“The Court of Inquiry has established that on night 18 / 19 Oct officers from Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) and ISI sector Headquarters Karachi were considerably seized with the fall out of desecration of Mazar-e-Quaid. They were under increasing public pressure to ensure prompt action as per the law,” the ISPR’s statement adds.
“Assessing the response of police authorities against this developing yet volatile situation to be slow and wanting, in a charged environment, the concerned ISI / Rangers officers decided to act, rather over zealously. They were indeed experienced enough to have acted more prudently and could have avoided creating an unwarranted situation that led to misunderstanding between the two state institutions,” the release further maintained.