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Daughter of ex-Pakistani human rights minister claims her mother was arrested over decades-old land grab allegation

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s former human rights minister was arrested in the capital on Saturday over a decades-old land grabbing allegation, her daughter and another former minister said.

Shireen Mazari, who held a Cabinet-level post under former Prime Minister Imran Khan, was arrested by police near her home in Islamabad, her daughter Imaan Mazari said in a tweet.

She said that “male police officers beat and took away my mother and I was told that the Lahore anti-corruption wing arrested her”.

Footage shown on local Geo TV showed female police officers detaining Mazari. There was no immediate comment from Pakistani police.

Fawad Chaudhry, former information minister in the Khan administration, told Geo TV that Mazari was roughed up during his arrest by anti-corruption police. He alleged that the top leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party of Khan had been politically targeted by the new administration of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif under the guise of an alleged land dispute dating back to 1972.

ABC News

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