Last updated on August 3rd, 2019 at 01:03 pm
Irfan Siddiqui, Nawaz Sharif’s former adviser arrested for violating the Tenancy Act, has been released from Adiala Jail.
Irfan Siddiqui, arrested on charges of violating the Tenancy Act, was granted bail by Mehreenn Baloch, the magistrate of Islamabad’s Sector G11.
Talking to local media after his release from Adiala Jail, Irfan Siddiqui said that police officers treated him like a terrorist, why this harsh behavior with me?
“I told the judge that during the 65 years he had raised nothing but a pen, yet the judge did not open the handcuffs,” he said.
Irfan Siddiqui was arrested on Friday from his residence in Islamabad on charges of violating the Tenancy Act by the Ramna police station.
According to police, Irfan Siddiqui had not submitted his tenant’s data which led to his arrest.
Irfan Siddiqui was produced in Sector G11 Magistrate Mehran Baloch’s court after his arrest, he was later jailed for 14 days on remand. Siddiqui’s lawyer submitted his bail application to the Judicial Magistrate’s Court on Saturday.
Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Accountability Court Shahzad Akbar said at a press conference in Islamabad that action will be taken for handcuffing Siddiqui. Investigations are underway in this regard and soon action will be taken against those responsible.
PML-N spokeswoman Mary Aurangzeb condemned the arrest of Irfan Siddiqui during his interview to media. She said, “Irfan Siddiqui has supported Nawaz Sharif’s narrative; this is his fault. A fake FIR was filed against him, and the house is not on his name but his son’s name.”
On the other hand, PM’s Special Assistant on Information Ministery Firdous Ashiq Awan told The Citizen, “The arrest would be investigated. The law is the same for all. It is not the government’s policy to make arrests on a political basis; rather, the rule of law is the responsibility of the government.”
According to her, under the National Action Plan, the information of the tenant is required to be submitted to the police station. She further said that the tenancy law was passed by the PML-N itself. Police have a few questions regarding the person whom Irfan Siddiqui rented the house.
What is the Tenancy Act?
The Tenancy Act requires a written agreement between the landlord and the tenant. In this agreement, it is required to write down details of the agreement and tenant’s data. The contract is submitted to the respective police station. It is meant to be resolved by a court in the event of a dispute between the landlord and the tenant.
In view of the increasing terrorism in Pakistan in the past, amendments have been made to implement the Tenancy Act, under which, If one does not submit the data of the tenant can be fined of Rs 10,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.