KARACHI: The news of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Captain (retd) Safdar Awan’s arrest drew mixed reactions on social media.
Some people were overwhelmed by the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) timely action and took jibes at the PML-N leader. Whereas, others including many PML-N supporters poured in love for the son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Maryam Nawaz’s husband was arrested in light of the accountability court’s judgment in Avenfield reference, but not before a long cat and mouse chase between him and the NAB team, which finally arrested Safdar after he finished addressing his supporters in Rawalpindi earlier on Sunday.
The PML-N supporters on Twitter expressed displeasure as the protest rally was not covered prominently by the mainstream media.
The most circulated video clip on Twitter during the whole episode was Safdar addressing the rally and declaring that he is a political prisoner, who is going to jail for protecting the finality of Prophethood (PBUH).
The official account of PML-N even tweeted this clip but later deleted it as that was not the actual reason for Safdar to go to jail as per the accountability court judgement.
However, a twitter user was able to screenshot it beforehand.
The massive public support for Maryam’s husband caught many by surprise on social media.
A user termed Safdar’s stance as ‘shameless’ for portraying himself as a ‘martyr’.
Another one questioned whether Safdar would still be arrested if he was a retired army general and not a captain.
Social media users also shared a laugh when spotted Shehbaz Sharif tweeting about Pakistan’s win over Australia amid Safdar’s arrest.
One user even criticised the Avenfield verdict for awarding only one-year jail term to Safdar due to his former association with the country’s military.
A PML-N supporter also hinted at imagining the crowd that would surround Nawaz Sharif when he lands.