ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who was among some of the top leaders of Imran Khan’s party arrested in the aftermath of the violent May 9 protests, has been released from prison. Rawalpindi prison On Tuesday after a court order.
The deputy head of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party was arrested last month on a slew of charges, including inciting violence in the aftermath of the party chief. Imran Khan arrested In a corruption case on May 9.
Qureshi, 66, served as Pakistan’s foreign minister from 2018 to 2022 under Khan’s regime.
On Tuesday, the Rawalpindi High Court bench in Lahore ordered the immediate release of the movement’s leader and his arrest warrants were disregarded.
Upon his release from Adiala jail, Qureshi said he will meet PTI chief Khan at his residence in Zaman Park in Lahore on Wednesday and discuss the political turmoil prevailing in the country, according to Geo TV.
Local media quoted him as saying upon his release that “I want to tell the PTI workers that the flag of justice is in my hands and I am still part of this movement..”. Addressing supporters of the English Labor Party, the former minister said, “This is a testing and difficult time but do not lose hope because after every night there is a dawn.”
I think that in different prisons there are countless innocent people who should be released. “I will try and we will follow up on their cases after consulting with our legal team,” Qureshi was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.
On May 18, the Islamabad High Court ordered the release of the former foreign minister.
However, his release was delayed due to his apparent reluctance to make a pledge to refrain from engaging in “wild” protests.
On 9 May, violent protests erupted after Khan was arrested by the paramilitary Rangers in Islamabad.
His party workers vandalized more than 20 military installations and government buildings, including the home of the Corps Commander in Lahore, Mianwali Air Base and the ISI building in Faisalabad.
The Army Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi was also attacked by mobs for the first time.
Khan was later released on bail.
The violence sparked a strong response from the government and military with pledges of action against the perpetrators, which led to an ongoing crackdown on those involved.
Law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 10,000 Khan’s party workers across Pakistan, 4,000 of whom are from Punjab province.
The Punjab Home Ministry has set up 10 different joint investigation teams to investigate the violent attacks and protests on May 9, which the army called the ‘Black Day’.
In the aftermath of the events of 9 May, several senior leaders of Khan’s party were arrested.
Among the leaders were Qureshi, Fawad Chowdhury, Asad Omar, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Shirin Mazari, Malika Bukhari and Fayaz Hasan Chauhan.
A few days later, several prominent leaders, including Fuad, Imran Ismail, Shirin Mazari, Fayaz Hasan Chauhan, Firdaus Ashiq Awan and others, resigned from Khan’s party. Last week, a delegation of former leaders of Khan’s party including Fawad Chaudhry, Imran Ismail, Mehmood Maulvi and Amir Kayani Qureshi met in Adiala prison and tried to persuade him to abandon the ousted prime minister.
However, Qureshi’s son Zain Qureshi said his father only practiced politics of “principles” and not “attitude and greed”.


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