Khadija Shah detained for 30 days under MPO after getting bail in May 9 case

Post-bail notification issued after fashion designer’s arrest in case related to burning of police vehicles

Khadija Shah, the prime suspect in the 9 May Jinnah House attack.  - Facebook/elanonline
Khadija Shah, the prime suspect in the 9 May Jinnah House attack. – Facebook/elanonline
  • The fashion designer was detained under Section 3 of the MPO.
  • DC says that Shah can spoil the law and order situation.
  • The notification said that Shah was involved in the violence.

Lahore Deputy Commissioner (DC) on Friday issued orders to detain fashion designer Khadija Shah for 30 days under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance in connection with the May 9 incidents.

Issuing the notification, DC Rafia Haider said that Shah may again spoil the law and order situation, hence he is being detained. The decision came after the fashion designer was granted bail following his arrest in a case related to burning of police vehicles during the May 9 violence.

“Shah has been detained on the recommendation of Superintendent of Police (SP) Cantt and District Intelligence Branch,” it said.

The notification also said Shah was involved in violent protests on May 9 – the day Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was arrested in Lahore in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

Shah, daughter of former finance minister Salman Shah, was accused of leading the attack on the Lahore Corps Commander’s house – also known as Jinnah House – during the May 9 violence.

The protests led to the arrest of thousands of PTI workers across the country, with several leaders breaking away from the party over the events of 9 May.

The designer, who was named in four cases related to the incident, surrendered himself on May 23 amid the crackdown against rioters. Of the four cases in which he was detained, he was recently granted bail on November 15 in the last case.

Section 3 of the MPO allows the government to arrest and detain suspected persons.

“If the Government is satisfied that it is necessary so to do to prevent any person from acting in a manner prejudicial to public safety or the maintenance of public order, it may, by order in writing, direct the arrest and detention of The custody of such person under sub-section (7) may be determined for such period as, subject to the other provisions of this section, may be specified in the order, and the Government may, if satisfied that for the reasons aforesaid “Provided that it becomes necessary to do so, the period of such detention may be extended from time to time not exceeding six months at a time,” it said.

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