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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Pakistani Opposition Leader Released on Bail

Pakistani opposition leader Muhammad Safdar was released on bail last Oct.19, a day after being arrested for raising anti-government slogans at a mausoleum ahead of a rally.

Opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party leader Muhammad Safdar was released on bail last Oct.19, a day after being arrested for raising anti-government slogans at a mausoleum ahead of a rally.

“I have just received a message… that he has been granted bail,” Maryam Nawaz, Safdar’s wife who is also a PML-N leader, said at a news conference, confirming the release.

Safdar was arrested last Oct. 18 at his hotel room in Karachi, the country’s largest city, for slogans against the government at the mausoleum of Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jannah.

The arrest came after the large opposition rally in Karachi that was organized by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of 11 opposition political parties including PML-N, as part of the campaign to overthrow Prime Minister Imran Khan whom they accuse of winning the 2018 general election rigged by the military.

Khan and the military denies the accusation.

Meanwhile, under Khan’s administration, the military has taken key government positions such as those in the sectors of economic affairs and the US$60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Furthermore, those in opposition criticize Khan for his handling of the country’s economy which has faced negative growth and double-digit inflation even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rally at Karachi is the second large opposition rally by PDM, with the first one previously held at Gujranwala last Oct. 16.

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