Federal Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday denied the involvement of the government behind the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry.
She provided the clarification by saying, “We have the same power as the PTI held while in power, but we will not use it for political victimisation.”
“Some people are attempting to portray that Fawad Chaudhry’s arrest was politically motivated. But let me take the opportunity and clarify: if we wanted to arrest [our political opponents], then the entire top-tier PTI leadership would be behind bars. It is not politically motivated,” the information minister said in a press conference.
Police arrested Fawad from his residence earlier today as he publicly “threatened” the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a press conference outside Imran Khan’s residence in Zaman Park a day earlier.
Speaking to the media at a court in Lahore, where the police presented him for obtaining remand, Fawad said that he is “proud” of the case that has been registered against him.
As PTI workers protested at GT Road in Jhelum, the police also rounded up Fawad’s brother Faraz Chaudhry. However, a local magistrate released him on bail after a brief detention.
In her presser, the federal minister noted that it was not the government that had registered the case against Fawad, rather, ECP Secretary Omer Hamid Khan had lodged the first information report (FIR).
“For the past nine months, we were in power, but we did not resort to the tactics that PTI used. During their tenure, ministers and Imran Khan, himself would hold press conferences and describe how their political opponents would be arrested later.”
The federal minister said that during Khan’s government, a daughter was arrested in front of her father — referring to the time when Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senior Vice President Maryam was taken into custody while PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif was in jail.