On Tuesday, PML-N leader Mohammad Safdar unapologetically said that he would continue visiting Mazar-e-Quaid on every Oct 18, he further stated, he would chant the slogan, “long live the mother of the nation”.
On Monday, Captain Safdar was arrested from his hotel room for chanting political slogans at Mazar-e-Quaid. However, later on, he got bail in the case.
After reaching Lahore, Captain Safdar talked to the media. He stated that he wanted to give a message to people that had called Fatima Jinnah a traitor. Thus, Captain Safdar chanted a slogan during the visit and he would do so every Oct 18 at Mazar-e-Quaid, he said. “What was wrong with that?”, he asked.
It is pertinent to mention that Fatima Jinnah is buried beside her brother, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali, at the mausoleum in Karachi.
Talking to the media today, Safdar said that his behavior at the mausoleum was alike to that of a child trying to find solace and comfort from his parents.
“When children are in pain, they go to their mother and father. When they are attacked in the streets, children go to their mother and tell her [about the incident]. I also went to the mother of the nation [and] said to her that the ones who stole your elections, the same people have stolen ours.”
“If appealing to your mother is a crime then we will continue to do this. If saying zindabad to your mother is a crime then we will continue to do so.”
Meanwhile, criticizing the government, he said, “You incompetent fools, will you teach me how to visit a shrine? People learn this kind of etiquette from us.”
Furthermore, he said, “A state above the state filed an FIR against me and [struck] during the cover provided by the night.”
Moreover, Safdar said, “I said that my family is inside, I am coming. I am performing ablution [as] it time for prayers, give me ten minutes.”
As per journalist Hamid Mir, IG Sindh was allegedly kidnapped so he could give the arrest orders of captain Safdar. However, PTI Minister Ali Zaidi denied him and called it a “nonsense narrative”.
Reacting to this, Safdar said, “[But] I am concerned about where the inspector general of a province disappeared to for three hours.”
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