PTI MPA held for alleged sexual harassment

Karachi – PTI member of the Sindh Assembly, Shabbir Qureshi, was arrested for alleged harassment, Additional Inspector General of Police (AIG) Javed Alam Odho said Sunday.

The matter of Shabbir ‘s arrest was initially brought to light by PTI Sindh’s spokesperson Haleem Adil Sheikh, who said the MPA was detained when he left his house for Fajr prayer, “after which he was shifted to an unidentified place.”

However, AIG Odho said that Shabbir has been arrested over a woman’s complaint against alleged sexual harassment. “A woman had complained to SITE police station at 3am on Sunday morning, alleging that Shabbir sexually assaulted her,” Odho said. He said that the woman alleged that the PTI MPA lured her with a job offer. Odho further stated that a case has been registered against Shabbir on behalf of the complainant under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). Investigations against Qureshi have been launched, he added. Meanwhile, PTI leader Khurram Sherzaman condemned Shabbir ‘s arrest, claiming that police vehicles were parked outside the detained PTI leader’s house all night.

“Sindh government’s jiyala force has kept PTI [in the crosshairs] as every kind of false allegation is being imposed on PTI leaders,” Sherzaman said, adding that Shabbir ‘s arrest is concerning.

He demanded the immediate release of Shabbir, saying that “the tactics the fearful Sindh government are hiding behind are pitiable”.

 

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