Fashion designer and social media activist Khadijah Shah was arrested by the Quetta police on Monday on charges of murder and attempted murder. However, a surprising turn of events occurred as the Punjab government withdrew her detention order on the same day, adding complexity to the case.
Quetta police took Khadijah into custody in the afternoon, and the anti-terrorism court granted a two-day transit remand to the police. The police had filed an application in the ATC, stating that there was a murder and attempted murder case against Shah at Quetta’s Bijli Road police station. The ATC instructed the police to present her in the relevant court within two days.
Earlier on Monday, the Punjab government revoked her detention order, responding to a petition filed by Khadijah Shah’s husband, Jahanzeb Amin. He challenged her detention, and the Lahore High Court, which had scheduled a hearing for the afternoon, ordered Khadijah Shah to appear before them at 2:30 pm. Justice Ali Baqar Najafi presided over the petition against her detention.
The withdrawal of the detention order has introduced more uncertainty into the case. Khadijah Shah’s legal team is expected to challenge her arrest and the charges in Quetta. Meanwhile, authorities in Quetta will continue their investigations and aim to bring Khadijah Shah before the court.