Daughter: Pakistani police have arrested a former rights minister

ISLAMABAD – A former Pakistani human rights minister was arrested on Saturday in the capital for allegedly occupying a decade-old land, his daughter and another former minister said.

Shirin Mazari, who held a cabinet post under former Prime Minister Imran Khan, was detained by police near her home in Islamabad, her daughter Iman Mazari said in a tweet.

“My mother was beaten up by the male police and I was told that she had been arrested by the Lahore Anti-Corruption Branch,” he said.

Local Geo TV footage showed female police officers detaining Mazari. There was no immediate word from Pakistani police.

Fawad Chowdhury, a former information minister in Khan’s administration, told Geo TV that Mazari was harassed by anti-corruption police during his arrest. He alleged that a senior leader of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party had been politically targeted by the new administration of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the wake of the 1972 land dispute allegations.

Mazari has criticized Sharif’s government in a tweet since the fall of Khan’s government in a no-confidence vote in parliament last month. Khan is rallying supporters across the country through public rallies to press the government for early elections.

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