Islamabad - The federal police yesterday expressed ignorance before the Islamabad High Court about the arrest of chairman Move on Pakistan (MoP).

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sajid Kayani appeared before the IHC bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani in response to a contempt of court petition and expressed his ignorance about the arrest of MoP chairman Muhammad Kamran who, as per allegations in the petition, was arrested by Islamabad police.

The SSP instead of IGP appeared before the court along with SHO Secretariat police station and informed the court that neither Islamabad police arrested Muhammad Kamran nor he is in their custody.

At this juncture, Justice Kayani expressed his astonishment and said how it is possible that a person has been picked up from the city without knowledge of police. Then, the SSP said that there is one FIR registered against MoP chairman in Islamabad. The court then granted time to police to brief the court about more facts.

Later Advocate General Islamabad Mian Abdur Rauf appeared before the court and said that Faisalabad police arrested the accused where an FIR is registered against him. Faisalabad police have also obtained his two days physical remand.

He further told the court that MoP chairman has been arrested in the FIR registered at Faisalabad.

The counsel for Ali Raza, Sardar Taimoor Aslam Advocate contended that Muhammad Kamran was arrested from an Islamabad guesthouse and he could submit affidavits of certain people in this regard.

Then, the court directed the police to complete investigations in this matter within one week and dispose of the petition.

Earlier, Justice Kayani on Thursday had directed IG Islamabad and station house officer (SHO) of Secretariat police station to appear before the court in-person after an MoP official Ali Raza filed a contempt of court petition challenging arrest of his party chairman Muhammad Kamran despite protective bail from IHC.

It was July 14 when an FIR was registered against MoP officials at Secretariat police station under sections 120B, 124A, 505(ii), and 34 of Pakistan Penal Code PPC. In the FIR it was said that the said persons displayed banners and posters in the jurisdiction of Secretariat police station with inscriptions “Janey ki Batein Hui Purani, Khuda K liey Ab aajo.” According to FIR, the effort was made to entice general public to rebel against government of the day.

Later, Chairman MoP Muhammad Kamran along with Asif Iqbal and Ali Raza filed a petition before the IHC seeking protective bails that were granted to them till July 22.

In the contempt of court petition, petitioner Ali Raza who is central organizer of MoP said that MoP chairman was arrested on July 20 despite protective bail by the court. Petitioner has filed this petition seeking contempt of court proceedings against the police.

In his petition moved through Taimoor Alam Khan Advocate, he nominated SHO secretariat and IG Islamabad as respondents. He adopted that as soon as the government acquired knowledge that the petitioners have acquired protective bails, it order similar FIRs to be lodged across all the country to make sure arrest of the petitioner and two such FIRs have been lodged in Lahore and Faisalabad.

The petitioner stated before the court that MoP chairman Muhammad Kamran was on protective bail till July 22 and he had to file his bail before arrest at district court the same day along with a petition for suspension of different FIRs lodged against him. He informed the court that on July 20, MoP Chairman was residing in a rest house at F-6/1 when two persons entered his room at 3:30 in the morning, one in police uniform and the other in civilian clothes, and handcuffed Muhammad Kamran.

He added that at that time Kamran was accompanying Asif Iqbal who told the policemen that all the three were on protective bails granted by the IHC but the policemen tore the attested copy of court order and while threatening Asif Iqbal of dire consequences took MoP chairman along with them. Policemen also snatched valuable mobile phones, credit and debit cards and cash amounting Rs 70,000.

Raza maintained that this is a case of political victimization and merely aimed at humiliating the petitioner. Allegations were completely false and groundless and mere vendetta of the government.

Therefore, the petitioner prayed to the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the respondents and direct them to produce Muhammad Kamran before the court.