The arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman is wrong, cannot be justified: PM teacher
LONDON: Spokesperson for the UK Pakistan Lawyers Forum (BPLF) and former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s teacher at Aitchison College condemned the unjust and illegal arrest of Geo and Jang by Chief Editor Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the case private property nearly four decades old.
Veteran lawyer Naseem Ahmed Bajwa, who has practiced in London for more than three decades and taught PM Imran at Aitchison College, said the legal fraternity was “no doubt at all that Mir Shakil-ur-Raman was wrong, unjust and detained unfairly. fair by NAB on charges that, reportedly, are 35 years old “.
Bajwa, whose son Ali Bajwa became the youngest QC in the country a few years ago, said MSR was “the most famous person in the print and electronic media scene in Pakistan”.
“We have been convinced by his legal team that he not only cooperates fully with the investigation team, but also under Pakistani law, he deserves to be released on bail as soon as possible. The circumstances surrounding the detention of journalism doyen in Pakistan on dubious and questionable accusations of hate, revenge and other evil attempts to suppress the courageous voice of press freedom in Pakistan. “
Bajwa has taken the case of the Model Town victims on behalf of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri and held a press conference in London with Qadri where he had announced to approach the United Nations if justice was not given to the victims.
The BPLF leader said he had spoken with several veteran lawyers in Pakistan including those related to the PTI and they all shared the same view that the arrest of MSR was a brave act of political victimization and settlement of scores and collusion between the government of PM Imran and NAB. clear.
He said the forum “strongly supports the views expressed by three senior legal experts and respected legal experts including Hamid Khan, Kamran Murtaza and Ali Ahmed Kurd on this issue”.
After careful consideration, all members of the forum, both in the UK and Pakistan, unanimously adopted a brief but firm resolution and authorized Barrister Bajwa in London to issue criticism of the arrest and demand the immediate release of MSR.
Bajwa said he did not find it appropriate to comment on the benefits or credibility of the serious accusations against respected MSR prisoners, but it was clear to the legal fraternity that his arrest violated NAB’s own rules and that it was biased.
Pakistan Deputy Council of Lawyers (PBC) Deputy Abid Saqi said the arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was carried out to silence the voices of Jang and Geo Group.
Pakistani Council Member Azam Nazir Tarar criticized NAB for apprehending MSR at the stage where the complaint had not been verified. He said Jang and Geo Group were being punished for standing by the democratic forces in the country.
Former president of the Supreme Court Association (SCBA) Amanullah Kanrani called the MSR’s arrest of basic rights.
Rashid A Razvi, former president of the SCBA, said NAB can make arrests only when someone tries to flee abroad or tries to damage any case record.
International journalists and human rights organizations, lawyers, the British and American governments also condemned the arrest of Rahman who demanded an end to political victimization by the government.
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