ISLAMABAD: A lawyer representing the government of Pakistan told the Islamabad High Court on Monday a judicial commission would be set up to investigate the controversial arrest earlier this month of a former human rights minister over a decades-old land dispute, local media reported.
Shireen Mazari, who served in a cabinet-level position under former Prime Minister Imran Khan, was detained by police near her Islamabad home on May 22.
Khan’s party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has said Mazari was being politically targeted by the new administration of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif under the guise of a land dispute dating back to 1972.
Hours after Mazari’s arrest, Chief Minister of Punjab province Hamza Shahbaz ordered her release and she was brought to the Islamabad court for an urgent hearing the same day and subsequently released. A petition against the arrest has been filed by Mazari’s daughter.
During a hearing in the case on Monday, the additional attorney-general told the court a summary had been sent for the formation of a commission to probe the arrest.
“Hopefully, the commission will be formed today [Monday],” he was quoted by Geo News as telling the court.
The government has not officially notified the formation of the body.
Mazari has been critical of Sharif’s government, as well as the all-powerful army, on Twitter since Khan’s government was toppled in a no-confidence vote in parliament in April. Khan’s party lawmakers resigned from the body’s lower house in protest and Khan has since been mobilizing supporters through public rallies across the country to pressure the government into an early election.