MNA Ali Wazir has been arrested in Peshawar, at the request of the Sindh Police, in connection with a recent rally he attended in Karachi. According to the police, Ali Wazir and several other Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leaders committed several offences, including hatching a criminal conspiracy and passing derogatory remarks against state institutions. However, Ali Wazir, who won his seat in the national assembly from South Waziristan, says he is unaware of why he was taken into custody.
Mohammad Ali Gandapur, Peshawar Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), stated that Wazir has been arrested at the behest of the Sindh Police, because a case has been registered against him at Sohrab Goth police station in Karachi. The Peshawar CCPO said that Ali Wazir will be transferred to Karachi after legal requirements are fulfilled. Ali Wazir will be produced before a court today in order to get his transit custody to move him to Karachi.
Witnesses and fellow PTM leader MNA Mohsin Dawar stated that Ali Wazir was arrested after attending a ceremony held at Shuhada APS Public Library in connection with the sixth anniversary of the Army Public School carnage.
The First Information Report (FIR) against Ali Wazir and other PTM members was registered in Karachi on the 7th of December, one day after the PTM held a public meeting in Karachi. The complainant in the case is SHO Riaz Ahmad Bhutto, who claimed that he witnessed those named in the case trying to create hatred towards different groups and using derogatory language against security forces, police, rangers and other state institutions while addressing a crowd, of approximately 2,000 people.
The case against Ali Wazir and other PTM leaders was registered under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 505-B (statements for inducing a person to commit offence against state), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 188 (disobeying order of public servant) of the Pakistan Penal Code.